DE Commit Wiafe Visits Rutgers with Family

Egg Harbor (N.J.) three-star defensive end Eric Wiafe visited Rutgers today for the first time since verbally committing last week. In a personal setting with the staff and his family, Wiafe recapped his trip to Piscataway and reactions by his parents.

Egg Harbor (N.J.) three-star defensive end Eric Wiafe took his second visit to Rutgers today and the first since verbally committing. In a personal setting with members of the coaching staff, Wiafe and his family saw a different side of the university, learning about the academic opportunities and more.

"It was a really good day," Wiafe said. "It was great. I liked it a lot and my parents really liked it a lot. We learned a lot about everything and I'm really happy to be [committed] there."

Wiafe made his verbal commitment to Rutgers last week after receiving his offer because of an impressive day at the Big Man Academy. For his parents, however, it was their first opportunity to see Rutgers as anything more than a football team recruiting their son.

The Wiafe family received tours of the facilities and learned about the academic support offered at the school, which recently received more honors from the NCAA for its high academic progress rate.

"My mom loved it," Wiafe said. "She said it was a good environment. My dad liked the atmosphere about it. They liked it."

Recruited by defensive line coach Jim Panagos, Wiafe spent 1-on-1 time with him today.

"He's talking about a lot of what's going to happen as far as me coming down for more visits and how I'm going to fit into the school and everything," Wiafe said. "It was a good opportunity to learn from him more and being more comfortable with him. It's the people I'm going to spend the next four years with, so it's important that I like them."

Even further reinforced by today's visit, Wiafe considers himself a solid verbal commitment to Rutgers and said he cannot wait to help recruit more to the cause and represent the program.

"I'm definitely sticking with Rutgers," said Wiafe, who does not feel the need to explore other options. "My family and [I] feel comfortable there. It's going to be great."

Wiafe ranks in as the No. 34 defensive end and a three-star recruit in the Class of 2013. He committed to Rutgers quickly after receiving an offer last week.

Giving the decision time to sink in and his parents a chance to see the school, Wiafe said his excitement level continues to rise.

"I'm excited to be a Scarlet Knight," Wiafe said. "It's going to be something special there trying to win championships."

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