CoachSpeak: Scouting Rutgers Commit Cioffi

Jonathan Dayton High (Springfield, N.J.) coach Joseph Goerge was in touch with new Rutgers commit Anthony Cioffi every step of the way and thrilled to hear of his player's commitment to the Scarlet Knights. Reacting to Cioffi's commitment, Goerge broke down the kind of player Rutgers is getting and his thoughts on the new staff.

An under-the-radar recruit, Anthony Cioffi's verbal commitment to Rutgers yesterday came very quickly after coach Kyle Flood issued him a verbal scholarship offer. But in the mind of his high school coach, Joseph Goerge, Cioffi heading to Rutgers has been in the works for months.

"He's excited," said Goerge, head football coach for Jonathan Dayton High (Springfield, N.J.). "This is a place where he wanted to be. He wanted to be at Rutgers. We talked over the last five weeks or so, with Signing Day coming and Kyle (Flood) getting hired. Great guys on the staff. He was even going out to the game, saying ‘I know if I get any offer today, I'm going to commit right away.' It's special when these kinds of things happen because they don't happen that often."

The high school coach often plays the voice of reason for a recruit. Before Cioffi committed, Goerge spoke with him to make sure it was the right decision.

The conversation did not last long.

"It really is such a relief for him," Goerge said. "He was texting me during the game, saying ‘this place is unbelievable.' He actually texted me that his family went in to meet with Kyle, he got an offer, he committed. What a day. It's exciting. At the same time, as he put it, ‘Coach I'm signed, sealed and delivered.' Now he can relax, work hard, have a great senior year and come to Rutgers in the best shape of his life."

As a junior, Cioffi played nearly every snap and led Dayton to a 5-5 record. A dangerous weapon in all three facets of the game, Cioffi ran for 850 yards and 20 touchdowns at quarterback and returned two interceptions for touchdowns as a defensive back to go along with 40 tackles.

At Rutgers, Cioffi expects to come in as a defensive back.

"For us over the last three years, Anthony has been a part of everything we do offensively, defensively and on special teams," Goerge said. "You want to talk about a complete player. He's a quarterback for us. He plays cornerback, safety, punt returner. He does some great things with the ball. He can certainly play defense as well.

"I think, you talk about an all-around player athletically, he's got a great work ethic and a great attitude on top. He's a very coachable kid as well despite all of the natural talent he possesses. He's very coachable. He's playing basketball right now, having a heck of a year and he runs track. Physically, that's what kind of kid they're getting."

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