TE Giacone Reacts to Rutgers Offer

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) tight end Michael Giacone headed to Rutgers for an unofficial visit Thursday, and the 6-foot-5, 235 pounder left with an offer. Giacone is the first tight end in New Jersey's 2012 class to pick up an offer from the Scarlet Knights. After leaving campus, Giacone spoke to ScarletReport.com about the offer, what it means, and if he has any offers.

Rutgers' hard recruitment of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) continued Thursday when the Scarlet Knights doled out a significant offer.

Michael Giacone, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound tight end, attended Rutgers' spring practice, and left with an offer after a meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

"My father and I went up and went to the tight ends meeting before practice, then watched practice," Giacone said. "Then, we went up to coach Schiano's office, sat down with him, started talking and he was telling us about the need for tight end at the school, and how I fit the tight end they're looking for, and then he handed out the offer."

It is Giacone's fourth offer, including ones from UCF, Indiana and Connecticut, but it holds a slightly different meaning than the previous ones.

"It's a little different because it's the home state school," he said. "All the offers I have now, I like all the coaches, I like all the facilities and all that, but it's definitely nice having the home state school. It's almost like a state pride thing."

While viewing practice, Giacone had the opportunity to see how he would fit into the offense, and how different things are from a year ago.

"I saw a big change from last year," Giacone said. "They utilize the tight ends a lot. There were a lot of balls thrown (to them), a lot of play-action stuff. It's a typical pro-style offense, which is perfect for a tight end."

While at practice, Giacone saw a familiar face in St. Peter's Prep running back and Rutgers signees Savon Huggins.

Giacone said he discusses his recruitment with Huggins and another Rutgers signee, St. Peter's Prep offensive tackle Keith Lumpkin, and sometimes the conversation turns to teaming up again in college.

"We talked about it a little," Giacone said. "They're not overly pushing, but they'll put their (thoughts) in and say why they chose to Rutgers. But they're my friends. They want me to make the best decision for what is best for me.

"It would be cool to play with them, but it's not going to be a reason to go to school."

Giacone said he does not have any favorites and "everything is wide open." He said he is visiting Indiana on May 15.

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