Rutgers Target Callinan Weighs in on Changes

St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2013 wide receiver Charlie Callinan has been on Rutgers' radar for more than a year, but much has changed since he picked up his verbal offer last year. Callinan, who is expected to be one of the top receivers in New Jersey this season, spoke about the recent coaching changes and how it affects his interest in Rutgers.

St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) 2013 wide receiver Charlie Callinan still has a verbal offer from Rutgers, but just about everything else in his relationship with the school changed in the last month.

Callinan lost many of his ties to Rutgers because of Greg Schiano's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. The head coach that verbally offered him is gone to Tampa Bay. He took with him Callinan's possible position coach, P.J. Fleck, and recruiting coach, Jeff Hafley.

On top of that, close friend Michael Giacone decommitted from Rutgers and signed with Boston College.

"Coach Schiano, I think, made a good decision for himself and his family," Callinan said. "He had to do what he had to do. You can't get mad at him for going to the NFL. Coach Fleck got a great opportunity and took it, same thing with Coach Hafley. They have great opportunities, so good for them. I'm excited to meet Kyle Flood and see how he does."

Callinan said he does not have a relationship with Flood and hopes to get more information on future visits to Rutgers and conversations with the staff.

"It's been pretty crazy and I've heard a lot of different things about Rutgers and some of it turned out to be not true," Callinan said. "They didn't get new coaches until just a couple days ago. I kind of have mixed feelings on it."

Newly hired linebackers coach Dave Cohen, expected to be announce by Rutgers Monday Morning, reached out to Callinan this week to start building a relationship.

Despite all of the change in Piscataway, Callinan said he remains interested in the Scarlet Knights and looks forward to being recruited by them during his senior year.

"There's still a good interest," Calllinan said. "I've yet to really check out how different the program's going to be. The next thing is just getting to know who all the coaches are and everything."

Callinan hopes to have questions answered on future visits. Until then, he has former teammate and Rutgers freshman Savon Huggins, who emerged as a major leader and recruiter during the coaching change.

"I talked with Savon," Callinan said. "He told me a lot about how nothing has really changed. He said it's still a tight team and everyone is sticking together and that definitely helps. He's been great."

Callinan took an unofficial visit to West Virginia, where teammate Brandon Napoleon signed, yesterday with teammates Shane Huber and Tre Bell. He plans to visit Boston College with Giacone within the next month.

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