New School Enters Fray for Schwaba

Rutgers was in good standing with Upper Saint Clair High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) Jack Schwaba, but with a new scholarship offer in for the three-star tight end, is that still the case? With a new school making a hard push for Schwaba, find out where Rutgers stands among his six verbal offers.

The recruiting game changed drastically for Jack Schwaba when Northwestern came into the picture. The Wildcats verbally offered Schwaba, a three-star tight end from Upper Saint Clair High School (Pittsburgh, Pa.) earlier in the week and could be a big draw from his interest in Rutgers and Syracuse.

Schwaba, a 6-foot-5, 235-pound rising senior, grew up 15 minutes from the Northwestern campus and will visit for camp in June.

"I used to live there so there's a special sort of connection to Northwestern," Schwaba said. ‘It's a cool school. The academics are top-notch."

When asked, however, if Northwestern jumped to the top of his leader-board, Schwaba said "I'm not at that point yet."

With verbal offers from Northwestern, Rutgers, Syracuse, Akron, Temple and Toldeo, Schwaba said he is still in the process of planning his summer.

Before the Wildcats entered the picture, Schwaba said he spoke most frequently with Rutgers and Syracuse, but also feels that Boston College is close to offering after a visit this week.

"They all talk to me about trying to get me to campus," Schwaba said. "It's the same kind of talk with all the schools that have offered me. Come visit, check us out, meet the coaches. I'm open to whatever."

Schwaba talks weekly with Rutgers and recently received an in-school visit from tight end coach Brian Angelicho that stuck out to him.

"I like him a lot," Schwaba said. "He's very friendly and outgoing. He's knowledgeable about the position and really enthusiastic about it. That's a good combination and it I can tell he's a really good coach."

A summer trip for camp or an unofficial visit to Piscataway is undecided for Schwaba, he said.

"With Rutgers, we just talk about every-day things," he said. "We talk some about football, about how the workouts are going and about how I'm progressing."

In his junior year, Schwaba served primarily as a blocking tight end, but wants to emerge as more of a receiving threat in the offseason. He made just five catches last season, but two wenr for touchdowns.

"I'm working on my overall game," he said. "I want to show that I'm more of a complete tight end than what coaches saw on film my junior year."

Going into Schwaba's senior season, he expects a more prominent role and opportunity to show off his receiving ability.

"On film, it was a lot of blocking, because that's just the way my coaches draw up the plays," Schwaba said. "I do it well, but I can be a receiving threat too. I'm expecting more opportunities this season. I'm a returning starter and I'm definitely getting a lot better."

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