Arcidiacono Goes In-Depth on Planned RU Visit

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) center Brandon Arcidiacono is already familiar with Rutgers, but wants to learn more. caught up with's eighth ranked center in the Class of 2012 to go in-depth on his planned visit to Rutgers and recruiting time-table.

Center Brandon Arcidiacono has two trips to Piscataway under his belt and his star running back, Desmon Peoples, in his ear about Rutgers every day.

The three-star Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) still wants to learn more, he said.

"I've been there twice and I still haven't seen the actual campus," Arcidiacono said. "I've seen the way they practice and liked the spring game, but I want to get a feel for the college part. I want to see what it's like and if I feel comfortable there."

Arcidiacono holds 12 verbal scholarship offers at the Football Bowl Subdivision level, but said Rutgers really picked up its contact with him in the last few weeks. That contact spiked Arcidiacono's interest, he said, and led him to want another visit.

"I made plans to visit in late June for an unofficial," he said. "I definitely like Rutgers. I've been hearing more stuff from them. They're asking a lot more questions about me and they're showing more interest."

Arcidiacono said he speaks most with assistant coach Brian Angelicho, who recruits his area, he said.

"He's a good guy," Arcidiacono said. "He's easy to get along with."

There are no leaders or a formal list, Arcidiacono said, but he wants to take visits to Rutgers, Pittsburgh and Boston College before he makes a decision. Those three schools, he said, appear the most interested.

Decision time will come sooner than later for the eighth ranked center in the Class of 2012. Arcidiacono has a team-first attitude and does not want to let his recruitment get in the way of his quest for a championship.

"I will commit before our season starts," he said. "Our No, 1 goal is a championship and we all need to be focused.

"I told [my team] I would have it behind me by then because I am 100 percent devoted to that ring. We want to win now and think about college later. We want to win states and there is no reason why we can't with the talent in our senior class."

The talent Arcidiacono refers too includes two Division I commits, Peoples at Rutgers and tight end Colin Thompson at Florida. Along with Arcidiacono, offensive lineman Frank Taylor and wide receiver Nate Smith hold multiple verbal offers.

Initially more of a dream than anything else, Arcidiacono said he is starting to see joining a high school teammate as legitimate possibility.

"Desmon is one of my best friends and he's in my ear about Rutgers a lot," he said. "It would be cool to go to the same school. It's definitely possible. I mean, I'm interested in Rutgers and I know Frank is [interested] and Des is already there."

Arcidiacono said that he still has a lot of thinking to do before making a decision and that he is still in the early stages. After a series of visits, he will meet with family, friends and coaches for their input and come to a decision in either late July or August.

"I want to talk more to my parents about it," he said. "Right now, I'm playing it cool and I'll figure it out for sure later."

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