Commitment Check-in: TE Michael Giacone

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — When last checked in with tight end commit Michael Giacone, his St. Peters Prep Marauders lost their season-opener to Montclair playing at Rutgers University. Since then, Giacone has been on-campus at Rutgers multiple times and spoke with about life since his commitment.

JERSEY CITY, N.J. — The majority of Michael Giacone's time goes into efforts for a St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) playoff run, but the three-star tight end still finds time to enjoy his verbal commitment to Rutgers.

Giacone took the short trip from his Westfield, N.J., home to Piscataway multiple times since his summer commitment ceremony.

Most recently, the 6-foot-5, 230-pound tight end took in Rutgers' 21-20 victory over Navy on Homecoming.

"The crowd atmosphere was unbelievable and the fan support was great," Giacone said of his visit. "It's a great family atmosphere too. My family is going to enjoy watching me there.

"It's exciting to watch them. I'm seeing big things and, even with the loss, they're clearly growing each week and getting better and better. I'm excited."

Giacone said he specifically enjoys watching former teammate Savon Huggins when he gets in as a backup running back. Along with Huggins, offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin comes from St. Peters Prep.

"It's really cool seeing guys you've played with do it on the next level," Giacone said. "Knowing I'll be doing it with him is exciting. It's something special that not a lot of people get the chance to do."

If Giacone has anything to say about it, the St. Peters Prep pipeline to Rutgers does not stop with him.

"Right now, my main focus is on the season, but I'm always talking with Charlie Callinan and Tre Bell," he said. "I'm always trying to get them to come down to games with me or talk up Rutgers with them. Once the season is over, I want to help recruit some of the other guys in the area."

Callinan, a Class of 2013 wide receiver, holds a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers. His classmate Bell, who plays cornerback, does not hold any verbal offers, but is on Rutgers' radar.

In addition to in-person visits, Giacone said he tries not to miss any games on television and is in constant contact with the coaching staff.

"[The contact] is the same since I committed," he said. "I talk with [assistant coaches Jeff Hafley and Brian Angelicho] all the time and occasionally I talk to Coach Schaino as well just to keep in touch and everything. My relationship is great with all of them."

Giacone works primarily in a blocking role in the St. Peters Prep offense, but had two catches last week against Bergen Catholic, including a two-point conversion. On the season, Giacone has 12 receptions for 183 yards.

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