TE Giacone Back From Friday Trip to Rutgers

St. Peter's Prep's Michael Giacone is one of Rutgers' top tight end targets, and Friday he made an unofficial visit to campus. After it was over, Giacone spoke to ScarletReport.com about the trip, and explained why he termed it "a great visit." He also talked about a timeline for making a decision.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) tight end Michael Giacone was trying to make an unofficial visit to Rutgers' campus for a while, but school and football offseason training activities took precedent.

However, Giacone found time in his schedule Friday, and so the 6-foot-5, 235-pounder made his way to campus with class of 2013 teammate Charlie Callinan, a receiver who holds a Rutgers offer.

"It was actually a great visit," Giacone said. "I spent a lot of time with the coaching staff, went out to lunch to the Grease Trucks, and we got to hang out and watch some film with (tight ends) coach (Brian Angelichio) and talked to (assistant) coach (Jeff) Hafley a lot. It was a real personal visit."

Giacone and Callinan got to campus in time to watch the Scarlet Knights go through voluntary offseason workouts in the morning, spoke to former teammate Savon Huggins, now a freshman running back at Rutgers, stayed for lunch and didn't leave until mid-afternoon. And the most important things Giacone took from the day were the meetings he had with the Rutgers staff, including a 20 minute conversation with coach Greg Schiano.

"It's really important because you don't want to go to a school that doesn't have need for you,' Giacone said. "When you go on these personal visits, you really get a chance to see what kind of people the coaches are.

"I sat down with coach Ang for a half hour, an hour, just going through film, watching spring practices, and how they would use me in certain situations, and how to be an every-down tight end."

Giacone holds 10 offers, including ones from Florida State, Connecticut, Wake Forest, Maryland, Indiana and Boston College. He is planning on deciding before the season start while acknowledged he is formulating a cut-down list in his mind, he is not ready to make it public.

But, will Rutgers make the cut?

"I definitely like Rutgers a lot," he said. "That's what I'll say."

Rutgers is in the need for at least one tight end in the 2012 class, and Giacone is a high priority. But he said the Scarlet Knights staff is not pressuring him to make a decision.

"They want me to take my time and make sure wherever I choose will be the right spot for me," Giacone said. "They just expressed how they would love to have me there, how there's a need for me there."

Another school recruiting Giacone with fervor is Connecticut.

"They've been coming at me really hard, (assistant) coach (George) DeLeone, coach (Paul) Pasqualoni, I like them a lot," he said. "They're both great guys and very well respected in the college football world and they really know their stuff."

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