Don Bosco OL Casimos Visits Rutgers

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) offensive lineman Michael Casimos took an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Saturday to watch practice and talking with the coaching staff. Casimos spoke to ScarletReport.com about the day, what he is hearing from Rutgers about an offer and which schools are in contact with him.

The Big Five at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) aren't the only ones being recruited by Rutgers in the 2012 class.

Another player, 6-fot-4, 270-pound offensive lineman Michael Casimos, made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Saturday and is getting interest from the Scarlet Knights.

"They were really getting after it the other day," Casimos said. "It was actually like a Don Bosco Prep practice. I wasn't expecting that from a college, though. They were really hitting. They were excited. They were going nuts."

Unlike the quintet of Darius Hamilton, Elijah Shumate, Leonte Carroo, Mike Strizak and Yuri Wright, the recruitment of Casimos is a bit slower and more about projection.

Casimos attended Rutgers' junior day in January, and returned for a spring practice the coaching staff gets to know him. He will also camp at Rutgers, and that is where he will be asked to make his mark and earn an offer.

And after being on the Rutgers campus several times, Casimos is impressed with the program.

"They have excellent everything," he said. "From the weight room to the fields to their rehabilitation center, everything is top notch. I haven't seen anything like that. And I like all the academics they offer."

Casimos is also hearing from a number of schools, including Connecticut, Boston College, Akron, Buffalo, Purdue, N.C. State, Penn State, Miami, Columbia, Princeton, Bryant and Syracuse.

He also visited Princeton, and attended UConn's spring game and got a feel for the coaching staff and the program.

"It was really nice," he said. "I like the whole atmosphere. I talked to the offensive line coach (Mike Foley), coach (Paul) Pasqualoni and I talked to (assistant) coach (George) DeLeone. I really liked the experience up there. The coaches were very friendly, the facilities were excellent."

In addition to camping at Rutgers, Casimos said he plans on camping at Connecticut, and he expects to add other schools to his list.

And between now and then he plans to improve on a key part of his game.

"I want to work on getting my feet quicker and better lateral movement," he said, "so I could stay in front of defensive linemen in pass protection."


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