Arcidiacono Gets Third Offer, Talks Rutgers

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) athlete Nick Arcidiacono added his second and third verbal offers during the spring evaluation period. Visiting Rutgers twice during spring practice, Arcidiacono spoke with about the latest in his recruitment.

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) athlete Nick Arcidiacono visited Rutgers twice during spring practice with his older brother, incoming freshman Brandon Arcidiacono.

The multi-position prospect still does not have a verbal offer from Rutgers, but hopes the Scarlet Knights are close when they come to see him work out this week.

"They want to see me work out and see where that takes me," Arcidiacono said. "Rutgers is awesome up there. I went up with my brother and it's just a great atmosphere up there. It was awesome for the spring game. Rutgers is a great place. I would love to play there."

Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos will visit the school this week, Arcidiacono said. Rutgers, he said, likes him as a defensive lineman.

"I'm going to work out for Coach Panagos and hopefully he likes what he sees," Arcidiacono said.

Arcidiacono holds three verbal offers and is being recruited to play everything from guard to tight end to linebacker to defensive end.

"Different schools say different positions for me," Arcidiacono said. "Temple, they see me as a defensive end and maybe a tight end. Rutgers and some other schools see me as a defensive end and maybe a linebacker. Boston College said defense, anywhere on the defense. I'm really all over the place."

At 6-foot-4, 245 pounds, Arcidiacono has the frame to grow into multiple positions. At this point, he has no preference.

"It gives me more of an opportunity to play early," he said. "I feel like I can get a shot wherever I'm comfortable at. I'll be a tight end and defensive end this year, so we'll see."

Boston College was the latest program to offer, jumping in the fray with Temple and Lafayette.

"It's awesome to get one from Boston College. That's a place where I could go play with one of my friends (offensive lineman Frank Taylor). I went up there in January and it was awesome. The city of Boston was awesome. It's really exciting to hear from them."

Temple has remained in constant contact since its offer, Arcidiacono said. The Owls recently signed former teammate Brandon Peoples.

"Everything has been great," he said. "I've been keeping up with the coaches. I met with my recruiting coach on Thursday. It's been great with Temple too."

Penn State, Maryland, Syracuse, Connecticut and Pittsburgh are also increasing their recruitment, he said. His older brother, Mark Arcidiacono, plays guard for the Nittany Lions.

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