"I'm definitely excited to have it over with, but mostly I'm fired up to be a Scarlet Knight," Laviano said. "It felt like the perfect opportunity, the perfect time to step in and make a difference. There is no doubt in my mind that I made the right decision."
Laviano has been high on the Rutgers program and camped last year with the former staff, but slowed things down after the changes. With some time to get to know new offensive coordinator Dave Brock and quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, Laviano locked up his spot in Piscataway.
"I've had the best relationships with all of these coaches," Laviano said. "I've known them for a long time. I have a pretty good understanding of where I stand in their recruiting class and everything and it's a very comfortable fit. It's about the future of Rutgers and it's about how I fit into the school. I don't think there's any better place for me than going to New Jersey and playing for Rutgers and trying to win a championship while I'm there."
Laviano had relationships with Brock and Spence before they joined the staff and was initially recruited by Kyle Flood when he was an assistant. Seeing how much he means to the three coaches, he said, makes him that much happier with his decision.
"Coach Spence and I have talked on the phone, I don't know, for almost a whole year," he said. "To be able to have him work with me for four years or however many years I'm at Rutgers, it's going to be an incredible experience. Coach Flood and them all have fed me really good information on where that program is going and how special it is to play for guys like that.
"The future is so bright for Rutgers. Coach Flood is just starting and the energy at Rutgers is unlike anything else. It's a very positive place, very goal oriented. I'm just really excited to be a part of that and set my goals high. I want to win a national championship while I'm there and that's the main goal."
During his recruitment, Laviano heard the grumblings from fan bases that his interest in Rutgers was not strong enough. Make no mistake about it, Laviano said, Rutgers is where he wants to be no matter what happened with the other schools recruiting him.
"It's completely untrue and I don't know why people kept thinking that," Laviano said. "I didn't take a lot of visits that I was supposed to just because I made this commitment and it's where I want to be. It's not about any other school. It's strictly about Rutgers.
"I just felt in my heart, after long talks with Coach Brock, Coach Flood and Coach Spence, that I just really wanted to make sure this is where I wanted to be. They wanted me to be sure this is where I wanted to play for four. I know for a fact that it is."