TE Schwaba Breaks Down Trip to Rutgers

Upper St. Clair High (Pittsburgh) tight end Jack Schwaba made the trek to Rutgers this weekend to check out the campus, watch the Scarlet Knights scrimmage and speak with coach Greg Schiano. After leaving campus, Schwaba discussed his trip with ScarletReport.com.

Upper St. Clair High (Pittsburgh) tight end Jack Schwaba saw a bit of the Rutgers campus Friday, then got his fill of the football program Saturday.

The 6-foot-5, 235-pound Schwaba, who was offered by the Scarlet Knights two weeks ago, was returning home from his visit and gave his impressions of his first trip to see Rutgers.

"Rutgers is a school with great academics, and coach (Greg) Schiano does a great job making sure his players get good grades, making sure they graduate," Schwaba said. "The stadium is amazing. It's an excellent facility. It's new. I'm very comfortable with the staff. They're great guys. They're very friendly and outgoing. I really enjoyed it a lot."

Schwaba's day actually began Friday when he and his family made the drive from western Pennsylvania. He got a glimpse of the campus, including a look at College Ave.

"It was cool," Schwaba said. "New Brunswick is a small city, but it's a city filled with college kids, which I thought was pretty neat."

Early Saturday, Schwaba and his family headed to the Busch Campus and the football facilities.

"Started out the day by touring the Hall Center, got to meet the strength coach (Jay Butler), see the weight room, and it was really cool," Schwaba said. "After that I went to meetings with (tight ends) coach (Brian) Angelichio and the tight ends, and that was great seeing their offense, and how it works. After that, I went out to see the scrimmage."

Despite the scrimmage being run in blustery and cold conditions, it allowed Schwaba to see how Rutgers will use the tight ends in new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti's pro-style offense.

"I was watching to see how they're blocking on the edge, blocking defensive ends and blocking linebackers," he said. "From a receiving standpoint, they like to use them a lot in play action, and use them (all over) field. That is how coach Angelichio and coach Cignetti used them at Pitt, so I kind of knew what to expect."

Before the visited ended, Schwaba had the opportunity to sit down and speak with Schiano.

"He's a great guy. He's very knowledgeable about the game," Schwaba said. "I was impressed with the way he runs his team, and he's a very impressive guy. He's got great visions, great goals for that Rutgers program, and I believe he can achieve them."

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