Friend's Verbal to Rutgers Excites Callinan

WESTFIELD, N.J. -- In attendance at Michael Giacone's announcement ceremony yesterday, 2013 wide receiver Charlie Callinan spoke with about the excitement over his friend's commitment and what it means for his relationship with Rutgers.

WESTFIELD, N.J. — Class of 2013 wide receiver Charlie Callinan picked up a Rutgers verbal offer earlier this year. Callinan spent yesterday at Michael Giacone's home to watch his friend commit to the school that first offered him.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound receiver from St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) said seeing his friend go to the hometown school makes him like it even more.

"It's amazing, we're best friends, so I knew before where he was going, but just having him go there means I'm definitely going to be up there a lot next year," Callinan said. "I just can't wait. It will get me a lot more in-tune with the program and he'll introduce me to everyone even though I know a lot of people already. I'll be close with everyone."

Giacone said he will spend plenty of time trying to draw Callinan to the program so they can continue to play together after this season. Callinan said he will embrace being recruited by his best friend.

"Having [Giacone] there will be a major factor for me," Callinan said. "I'm going to be around him all the time next year and riding with him to school every day. All we're going to do is talk about football and Rutgers football. It's just going to be fun."

Callinan holds one verbal offers from Rutgers, but said he expects his recruitment to blow up in a big way once the season gets underway.

With Savon Huggins gone from St. Peters Prep and receiving weapons like Giacone and Callinan, expect quarterback Brandon Napoleon to air it out this season.

"It's looking pretty good from here on out, other school-wise and especially with Rutgers," he said. "Rutgers is definitely going to have a big impact on my recruiting process, but I'm excited to get into the process."

Upwards of 25 schools invited Callinan to try to earn offers at camps with the most contact coming from Connecticut, West Virginia, Maryland, Boston College, Oregon, Florida, Alabama and North Carolina.

Giacone is not Callinan only draw to Rutgers, he said. Like other recruits at St. Peters Prep, Callinan is close with Rutgers assistant coach Jeff Hafley, who has three commitments in the Class of 2012.

"All I hear is the greatest stuff about that coaching staff," Callinan said. "Then to experience it firsthand is just awesome. All I've heard about Coach Hafley is about how he's just the greatest recruiter and then I see it for real. We're very close."

Callinan visited Rutgers with Giacone earlier this summer and was also on-campus for the 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout.

"Our relationship is pretty great," Callinan said. "When I went there to visit, I got really close with them and spent a lot of time building a relationship. I'm probably going to go there one more time before the summer ends. Coach Hafley and I are just good friends. We talk every week or so and he'll tell me about what's going on. We're getting pretty close and it's still pretty early."

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