18 in 18: C Brandon Arcidiacono

ScarletReport.com returns to Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) for its "18 in 18" series with incoming freshman center Brandon Arcidiacono under the spotlight. Committing to Rutgers last summer, Arcidiacono played a huge role behind the scenes in keeping the impressive Class of 2012 together through a coaching change.

When former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano left for the NFL a week before National Signing Day, it took Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) all of five minutes to decide he would still sign on to be a Scarlet Knight.

Of course the 6-foot-5, 250-pound center still wanted as much information as possible on the situation, but Arcidiacono did not pick Rutgers because of its coach in the first place.

"Rutgers was everything I wanted in a school," Arcidiacono said. "It just feels like a family there and it's the only place that ever felt right to me. I love it there. … I can't wait to get started with classes."

Behind the scenes, Arcidiacono was a driving force in sharing information with other committed players and getting future teammates together during a tough time. On National Signing Day, all but one of the committed players stuck with the Scarlet Knights.

Arcidiacono inked his name on his National Letter of Intent, as did teammate Desmon Peoples and three other talented Pennsylvania prospects.

"It's going to be amazing [to play with them] because we've already been through a lot and we're really close," Arcidiacono said.

Practicing for the Big 33 all-star game, Arcidiacono will team up with Peoples and future teammates Blake Rankin and J.J. Denman before heading to Rutgers the following weekend.

The group has multiple practices under its belt and the experience has been a rewarding one for Acidiacono.

"I knew J.J. and Blake were good, but it's so different when you're actually practicing with them," he said. "They're both going to be great."

Arcidiacono projects as a true center for the Scarlet Knights and, given the current lack of depth at the position, hopes to earn early playing time with a solid training camp.

Athleticism runs in the family with brother Mark Arcidiacono playing at Penn State and cousin Ryan Arcidiacono headed to Villanova to play basketball.

"I'm just coming ready to compete and work hard," Arcidiacono said. "I know how much of a challenge it's going to be and all I can do is make sure I'm ready when I get there. I can't wait."


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