DE Wiafe Commits to Rutgers

Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) defensive end Eric Wiafe did not need long to make his decision. Hours after picking up a verbal scholarship offer, Wiafe committed to the Scarlet Knights. Wiafe will not completely end his recruitment process after his commitment and discussed the details of his big day with ScarletReport.com.

Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) defensive end Eric Wiafe received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers this afternoon after the staff had time to review his performance from Saturday's camp.

And three hours later, Wiafe made his verbal commitment to the Rutgers coaching staff.

"it's an honor to have an offer and it's one that I was really looking forward to and I just committed right now," Wiafe said. "I think they have what it takes to win a Big East championship and maybe a national championship. It's something I want to be a part of."

The immediate reaction from family and friends was positive for Wiafe, who was excited for the opportunity to commit to Rutgers.

"My coaches were really happy," he said. "They see a lot of people that go down to Rutgers do big things and I'm going to be a part of it. The Rutgers coaches were actually really happy too. They told me I can be a big part of a Rutgers championship. They think that I fit really well into it."

Wiafe is a 6-foot-4, 250-pounder that projects to line up at defensive end for the Scarlet Knights.

"I work hard, as hard as I can," Wiafe said. "I'm working hard because I want to be the best. That's what I'm doing right now. I'm still going to go to camps to get that No. 1 spot. I want to help Rutgers win games."

Wiafe has been familiar with Rutgers, but was sold on the program Saturday when he visited for the Big Man Academy.

"Everything about it was great," Wiafe said. "I loved working with [defensive line coach Jim Panagos]. He was showing me a bunch of ways to improve and I got to watch film with him. … It was a perfect camp."


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