Blair Academy RB Heading to Rutgers?

ScarletReport.com wrote about Matt Deiana's possibility of being a preferred walk-on Sunday, and now comes an in-depth story on what is happening with the Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) product. He is slated to visit Rutgers in the coming days, and he talked about whether he thinks Rutgers is the right fit for him.

While some players seek the relief and joy signing day brings because it ends the recruiting process, Blair Academy (Blairstown, N.J.) running back Matt Deiana knows the conclusion of signing day means his recruitment will start to intensify.

Deiana, a 5-foot-8, 190-pound running back, is talking to Rutgers about being a preferred walk-on, and he is tentatively set to visit the school Thursday after being invited to campus by offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"I've known coach Flood for three years," Deiana said. "He's always coming in and visiting the school. He told me he wants me to come down, so I'm going to come down and meet him and the other coaches.

"I really enjoyed talking to coach Flood, so I would say Rutgers is where I think I would want to go, but UConn is there. And Temple could be a backup plan, but it's more Rutgers and UConn."

Deiana played at Somers High (Lincolndale, N.Y.) and had a few FCS offers, as well as one from Army, after rushing for 3,297 yards and 33 touchdowns in his career.

However, he wanted to play at the FBS level, so he went to Blair to gain more exposure. That plan was derailed, though, early in the season when he was injured, and he never recovered.

"I was hoping the schools that were on the edge in the beginning of the year would give me scholarship offers," he said. "It was frustrating to get hurt. I almost feel like it was a wasted year."

Deiana began following Rutgers because of running back Ray Rice, and he hasn't stopped.

"(Coach Flood) said I would get my chance at running back, and have an opportunity in practice as a running back," Deiana said. "Depending on how I do, they would give me other opportunities to maybe switch if I could help the team in another area."

Deiana isn't concerned Rutgers is expecting signatures from five-star running back Savon Huggins, three-star running back Ben Martin and two-star running back Paul Canevari on Wednesday.

"I'm going to look at the (depth chart)," he said, "but I don't want it to be a huge factor because no matter where you go, there's always going to be really good people. If you're good enough, you're going to play somewhere."


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