CoachSpeak: Devlin Breaks Down "Arch"

WARMINSTER, Pa. — For the second time this year, Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin joined a player in support as he verbally committed to Rutgers. Devlin, who now has five Class of 2012 athletes committed to Division I programs, spoke with to break down exactly what Rutgers is getting in center Brandon Arcidiacono.

WARMINSTER, Pa. — With Brandon Arcidiacono joining the Rutgers 2012 recruiting class, the Scarlet Knights added a lot of athleticism and versatility to the offensive line.

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) head coach Steve Devlin, who has both Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples heading to Rutgers, said athleticism is the center's best attribute.

"They're getting a very athletic offensive lineman," he said. "The kid can run. He can block the point of attack and he has great reflexes. He's a shotgun center, so he can snap that without a problem. He also has experience under-center."

Devlin said that Arcidiacono, who stands at 6-foot-5, is the type of recruit that will continue to improve before he even gets to Rutgers.

"He's got huge upside," Devlin said. "He's far from reached his peak and he'll be great for Rutgers. He's probably not done growing yet either."

With Arcidiacono still getting taller, there is a chance he outgrows the center position, but Devlin said height would not be a factor for him at center because of his athleticism.

Along with center, Arcidiacono's 15 verbal offers were at many other positions because of his versatility.

"I think he could [play tackle or guard in college]," Devlin said. "There were people that offered him a scholarship to try d-end or tight end or different spots. He's very athletic, so he can do a lot of different things, but center is what he excels at. It's what he's born to play."

With two guys going to Piscataway in this class, Devlin said he values the building relationship between Archbishop Wood and Rutgers.

"I had a relationship with [assistant coach] Brian Angelicho when he was at Pitt," Devlin said. "He scouted here live a couple of years ago. When the thing happened to Pitt, I was so happy he landed with Rutgers. Coach [Greg] Schiano is a great guy and he runs a first-class program. I'm very happy to be sending two guys there. It's going to make me go to a lot of Rutgers games."

Rutgers does not have any more offers out to 2012 recruits at Archbishop, but is interested in some underclassmen, Devlin said.

"They've got their eyes on some guys," he said. "Rutgers isn't done here."

Nate Smith, who camped at Rutgers but did not earn an offer, is the lone recruit at Archbishop left to make a decision now that Arcidiacono is public. Arcidiacono, however, said that he made his decision weeks ago and just tried to keep it a secret.

"We just didn't tell anybody," Devlin said. "We talked to Coach Schiano I guess two weeks ago around 11 at night and he was excited. Brandon was good about it. He didn't tell anybody. He deserves his moment to tell everybody where he's going and why and I'm glad he got the opportunity. He's a great kid."

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