CoachSpeak: Scouting DE Eric Wiafe

Defensive end Eric Wiafe is the sixth verbal commitment to Rutgers in the Class of 2013 where he can join fellow Egg Harbor (N.J.) product Tejay Johnson in Piscataway. Egg Harbor head coach Tony Derosa spoke with after Wiafe's commitment about his feelings toward the Scarlet Knights and the kind of player Rutgers is getting.

Egg Harbor (N.J.) prospect Eric Wiafe may not have the polish of other top defensive ends in New Jersey, but he has the athleticism. Make no mistake about it, Wiafe will develop into a major talent according to high-school coach Tony Derosa.

"He's a raw football player, but has a ton of potential," Derosa said. "They do a great job up there at Rutgers of developing players. I think they're going to get the best out of him and turn him into a darn good football player."

Wiafe verbally committed to Rutgers last night, just hours after receiving a verbal scholarship offer.

"Eric is a unique individual," Derosa said. "He's a great kid. He's a hard-working kid. His best football is ahead of him right now. He has all of the assets. he's got the size, strength, speed. He's got a lot of the intangible things, a great heart hard worker, great family."

According to Derosa, Rutgers defensive line coach Jim Panagos was highly impressed by Wiafe's performance at Saturday's one-day camp and that was a key part in the offer.

"He's got everything you'd look for in a defensive end.," Derosa said. "He has good speed to him. Jim Panagos , he really liked him at the Big Man Academy this past weekend. He had a really good time and he really liked the coaches out there. He's going to grow. He's a young kid that could grow into more of an inside guy or possibly start on the offensive line. He's young. He's still growing."

Derosa had a strong relationship with the former Rutgers staff while Tejay Johnson went through the recruiting process. Though much of the staff is changed from three years ago, Derosa feels the same level of respect and admiration for the home-state university.

"I love the commitment that Rutgers has to keeping the best in-state kids in the state," he said. "Those coaches do a fantastic job of forging relationships with the coaches of New Jersey. I honestly wish we could send all of our kids to Rutgers. I really believe in everything that they're doing."

For Wiafe, Derosa is happy with the choice because he knows that, even without football, Wiafe will have everything he needs in Piscataway.

"I know he's going to get a great education," he said. "Tejay has done a great job up there academically and he's going to get his chance on the field. He's doing all of the right things. I have no problem sending Eric up there because I know he's going to get the right guidance from Coach Flood and develop into a great young man."

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