Exclusive: Flood Excited For Spring Evals

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- The spring evaluation began today, and Rutgers is out and about. Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood spoke exclusively to ScarletReport.com about his staff getting on the road for the first time, and its meaning. He also talked about whether Rutgers will continue to visit every school in New Jersey.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- For the first time since Kyle Flood was named Rutgers' coach, his staff is out of the road recruiting.

The spring evaluation period began today, and the Scarlet Knights assistant coaches are scattered, with many in New Jersey to finally meet face-to-face with some of the top prospects on their own turf.

"We want to be the first school in the high schools for the top players in the state," Flood said. "We can't be everywhere, but there are certain places we can be the first day. Even though we're in the middle of spring practice, it's important for us to do that in the state of Rutgers."

The caveat is head coaches are not allowed out in the spring, so for the first time in nearly 20 years, Flood will spring his spring remaining on campus.

And the importance of the evaluation period, which runs through late May, is not lost on Flood.

Usually, new coaching staffs have the month of January to visit schools and meet with coaches and check in on prospects. However, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano abruptly left Rutgers as the January recruiting window closed, and when Flood was named the day prior to signing day, the NCAA quiet period was underway and coaches could not visit schools.

On top of that, Schiano's took many of his staff members with him to the NFL, so familiarity prospects had with the Rutgers assistant coaches was lost.

"It is out first time with our staff going out, but it's not really the first time for these coaches in these areas," Flood said. "They have a lot off built-in relationships and that was part of my desire to bring them here, because of those relationships.

"But now they'll be doing it with a Rutgers shirt on and they'll be offering a different product, and a product we think is really good. I'm excited for those guys to get out there and talk to the coaches."

Defensive line coach Jim Panagos recruits South Jersey, as does offensive coordinator Dave Brock, who also will recruit in Pennsylvania and Delaware.

Running backs coach Norries Wilson recruits Philadelphia, linebackers coach Dave Cohen handles New York and parts of North Jersey, special teams coach Joe Rossi will recruit eastern Pennsylvanis, tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins is recruiting western Pennsylvania and defensive coordinator Robb Smith recruits Central Jersey.

Quarterbacks coach Rob Spence recruits South Jersey and Philadelphia and offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski has Delaware, Maryland and Washington, D.C.

Furthermore, Spence and Panagos have extensive experience recruiting Florida, where Rutgers will hit hard several days during the spring, and many of the staff members will recruit North Jersey as well.

And Flood said he will continue the policy set up by Schiano to get everywhere in New Jersey.

"By the end of May," Flood said, "somebody from our staff will have been in every high school in the state of New Jersey."

As for Flood, his spring will be markedly different than previous ones.

"I will be in the office and evaluating spring practice," he said. "That's really what I do. I will find some way to be productive."

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