Arcidiacono Has Rutgers in Top 5 After Visit

Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) spent most of Tuesday on the Rutgers campus for his own personal "Junior Day" experience. He spoke to about the trip, what he learned, and the message coach Greg Schiano had for him at the end of the trip.

Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) center Brandon Arcidiacono already visited Rutgers twice, but it always centered around an event.

Hearing so much about the school from teammate Desmon Peoples, who committed to Rutgers in April, Arcidiacono,'s 8th-rated center in the 2012 class, wanted to see more before he makes his decision.

He got that chance Tuesday as he spent the day on campus for his own personal "Junior Day" experience, and came away with a continued high opinion of the school.

"Rutgers is in my Top 5," he said.

Arcidiacono holds more than a dozen offers, and the Scarlet Knights have been high on his list for a while. However, now he has the information and experience he needs to make a decision.

"I got a lot out of it," the 6-foot-4, 260-pound Arcidiacono said. "I got a lot of answers to questions. It was really good trip. We drove around and saw places that I would be, met with (director of academic support) Scott Walker, and then (tight ends) coach Ang (Brian Angelichio) took us and we got something to eat, and checked out some of the facilities. It was good."

Arcidiacono's other two visits came for January's Junior Day, and the April 30 spring game, and getting a personal feel for the program was very difficult.

"Every time I went it was a crazy commotion-type of thing," he said. "They were trying to please everyone so it was hard to get to see campus."

During Tuesday's visit, Arcidiacono also had the opportunity to speak with members of the coaching staff, and had a meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

"He told me to keep working hard that it would be a good school for me," Arcidiacono said. "He wasn't pressuring me to come there. He said, ‘This is what we have.' If you like it, we'd you to come here. He was being real cool."

Next up for Arcidiacono is a likely trip to New England.

"I think I'm going to go see Boston College," he said. "I'm not sure when yet because we haven't set a date."

Another date Arcidiacono is yet to settle on is when he will make a decision, but he does have a self-imposed deadline.

"I'll do it before the season," he said. "I want to get it out of the way so I can concentrate on a state title."

Scarlet Report Top Stories