North Jersey LB Makes Pair of Rutgers Trips

North Bergen (N.J.) High linebacker Vin Ascolese made a pair of visits to campus recently. One on a day the Scarlet Knights didn't practice so he could learn more about the program, and another last week so he could see the Scarlet Knights in action. Check inside to see what Ascolese had to say about his recruitment, and what he learned about Rutgers.

North Bergen (N.J.) High linebacker in Vin Ascolese's passion for football shines through in every conversation, but even he was surprised at the intensity when he visited Rutgers last week.

The 6-foot-2, 215-pound Ascolese attended a Scarlet Knights practice, spoke with the coaching staff and took a look at the linebackers.

"I thought the intensity there was awesome. I really liked it," he said. "I learned just to play hard every down. They were doing a lot of blitzes, and I knew them already, but I saw how they practiced hard and took every play in practice seriously."

During the practice, Ascolese had a chance to speak with coach Greg Schiano, defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley and offensive line coach Kyle Flood.

"I didn't know their practices were that intense, and I like that a lot," he said. "Their tempo is really upbeat. They have fun practices. It wasn't a drag. It was awesome."

It was Ascolese's second trip to Rutgers in a three-week span. He took an unofficial visit to campus earlier this spring on a non-practice day to learn more about the program, and get a better understanding of where his recruitment stands with Rutgers.

"We know what's going on," he said. "They all know my grandpa (legendary North Bergen coach Vince Ascolese). They were saying they were glad I came, and it was looking like I want to get out there to play."

So, is a Rutgers offer in Ascolese's future?

"My school had to send something in, and the coaches said after that most likely I'll get an offer," he said. "My grades are processing right now."

The only other school Ascolese visited this spring was Maryland.

And while most schools are recruiting Ascolese as linebacker, another position could be in his college future.

"Everybody so far is saying outside linebacker, but one school that plays a 4-3 was saying safety," he said. "They said I was fast enough to play safety."

As a junior, Ascolese made 90 tackles and had five sacks.


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