The Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) running back was offered a grey-shirt opportunity by Rutgers coach Greg Schiano (meaning Canevari enters school in January 2012), and said he plans to commit to the Scarlet Knights during an official visit this weekend.
"I'll probably do something when I get down there," Canevari said. "I think that's how it's going to work out. Coach Schiano said I could play for him. He said he watched my highlight tape, and he said he wanted to offer me."
Canevari, who ran for 1,500 yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior, is being recruited to play in the backfield. At 6-fooot, 220 pounds, he can play tailback.
However, he could also bulk up and move to fullback in offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti's pro-style offense.
"He'll be whatever they want him to be," Don Bosco offensive coordinator Anthony Campanile said. "His best attribute, I think, is his toughness.Mental and physical. He can run and block and hit you, and he can wear you down."
Canevari already took an official visit to North Carolina, and earlier this week also received an offer from Akron. Rutgers allows Canevari to play with Don Bosco quarterback and Scarlet Knights commit Gary Nova.
"It looks like he'll be going there in January," Campenile said. "That's kind of like a dream for him. Him and Gary get to play together. Rutgers sounds like a great place and is somewhere he wants to go, and he's really fired up about it."
Canevari grew up watching the Scarlet Knights, and played close attention to the backfield. "I've always liked Rutgers," Canevari said. "They have a lot of history. I always liked Ray Rice, Brian Leonard. I always used to watch them play."
Campanile played at Rutgers, and with one of its most popular players in school history.
"I played with Brian Leonard in college, and I think there' a lot of similarities between them,' he said. "Brian may be a little taller …but I see a lot of the same things. And I got to see each one of them every day in practice."