CoachSpeak: Scouting Nick Arcidiacono

WARMINSTER, Pa. — Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin has seen three players commit to Rutgers in the last year and was on hand yesterday when Nick Arcidiacono announced his college choice. With Arcidiacono heading to Rutgers as a tight end, Devlin gave his take on the kind of player the Scarlet Knights are getting.

WARMINSTER, Pa. — After coaching Florida-bound tight end Colin Thompson through high school, Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin knows plenty about what it takes to make it at the position.

And he expects Rutgers verbal commit Nick Arcidiacono to be a good one.

"I think he'll do it very well," Devlin said. "Obviously he'd be playing a lot more tight end for us, but we had Colin. He helped us a ton on the offensive line. That might have been the best thing for him because he learned how to block. He's so athletic and has great hands. I think it's a steal for Rutgers."

Arcidiacono played primarily guard and linebacker for Archbishop Wood last season, but will move into his role as tight end with Thompson headed to the Swamp.

In early summer workouts, Arcidiacono has already impressed at the position.

"We're seeing that now," Devlin said. "He's out there every day working with the quarterbacks. He does a lot of nice things out there. He's picking it up quickly."

Off the field, Devlin said Arcidiacono brings the same value to any football program.

"He's tremendous," Devlin said. "As a leader, people follow what he does and he comes from a great family. He's a special kid. He's a kid, one day, who has the potential to be the captain of the Rutgers football team."

With Brandon Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples enrolling at Rutgers this weekend, Devlin is quickly becoming a big Rutgers supporter and said he trusts coach Kyle Flood to shape his players.

"It's a great program and this has made me a big Rutgers football fan awfully quick," Devlin said. "They're getting three great kids. Brandon and Nick and Des are all phenomenal kids with bright futures. They're going to do very well over there."

Devlin sent six football players to Division I schools last year and Arcidiacono is the first in the Class of 2013. He encourages his players to decide before the beginning of the year to focus on Wood football.

With Arcidiacono, when the two sat down, the decision was obvious.

"I always ask them if there's anybody else out there that you want an offer from," Devlin said. "He said no, so we sat down and evaluate everything he had. Rutgers made the most sense for him football wise and being close to home was important to him. It's like part of his family is there already."

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