Laviano Shifts Focus After Commitment

Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.) quarterback Chris Laviano has been verbally committed to Rutgers for one week and he is already seeing his role change drastically. From recruit to recruiter, Laviano spoke with about his message to other big prospects and the feeling of visiting campus as a committed player.

Being a quarterback, Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.) prospect Chris Laviano is used to being looked at as a leader. Since his verbal commitment to Rutgers, Laviano is using his leadership skills and personality to strengthen the Class of 2013.

The eighth solid verbal commitment in the class, Laviano took a Saturday unofficial visit to campus for the passing camp and raved about the experience.

"I don't think there's a place in the country like Rutgers," Laviano said. "The future of Rutgers is very, very bright. We got the best offensive line class in the nation last year. It was one of the top recruiting classes in the nation. Why wouldn't you want to be here? From a talent aspect, it's amazing."

Laviano was on campus for more than seven hours and met with more than a dozen key members of the program. The list ranged from fellow committed player John Tsimis to head coach Kyle Flood to quarterbacks coach Rob Spence.

While watching the passing camp, Laviano was at Spence's side every step of the way.

"It's really just comfortable," Laviano said. "I get to come and hang out and help recruit other guys to Rutgers. It's just a weight off my back. I'm glad I made the decision and have time to spend with the staff and being a part of a family.

"Obviously I know these coaches well already. Before I made the decision, I had to get to know the people I was going to play for. Now, it's just fun. It's really comfortable. I finally get to know them as just people. They're not recruiting me anymore at all, so it just feels very personal."

Laviano met a handful of recruiting targets including St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) wideout Charlie Callinan. His message was a simple one.

"You have to do what's best for you," Laviano said. "You go with where you feel the athletics and the academics and the people can help you the most. My message to recruits is about this coaching staff. For them, it's basically like they're putting the band back together. They were all at Hofstra and now they're bringing the energy to Rutgers. The vibes that I get here gives me goose bumps. I'm super excited and I hope these kids come along and we start rolling with receivers and tight ends and lots of great talent."

Laviano will continue building relationships and recruiting others to join him Tuesday when he returns to Rutgers for camp. At last year's camp, Laviano established himself as a top target of the staff, although that was in front of the eyes of former head coach Greg Schiano and offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

"It's a really good experience," Laviano said. "I've obviously never had this before as a committed player, but I loved my time here last year. It's going to be great to work with Coach Spence and some of the other new coaches."

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