Recruits React: Rutgers to Big Ten

The Rutgers community is in a celebratory mood with the program set to move to the Big Ten alongside Maryland. checked in with key members of the class of 2013 regarding the move and what it means for future recruiting.

The reaction from Rutgers recruit has been overwhelmingly excited by the move to the Big Ten. With a targeted 2014 addition, current committed prospects can spend at least three seasons playing in the Big Ten, which is being met with extreme excitement.

Here is a look at what the recruits and high school coaches are saying.

Piscataway (N.J.) cornerback Nadir Barnwell – "I think that's a good look and that Rutgers should do well in that conference."

Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) head coach Rob Hinson – "I think it's great. It will elevate the status of the programs, and it will prevent teams from negatively recruiting against Rutgers because of their conference affiliation."

Timber Creek linebacker Myles Nash – "YES! I think it was the best move for Rutgers. This seriously helps in state recruiting, will increase game attendance and the television market will increase for Rutgers. I'm exuberated."

Holy Trinity (Hicksville, N.Y.) quarterback Chris Laviano – "That's huge for the program. It just made my day."

American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) safety Bryant Gross - "I think it's a big jump and after talking to a few guys yesterday on the team [while visiting] that the program is heading into a great direction."

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) receiver John Tsimis – "I think it's great. Great competition [and an] automatic bowl bid."

Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) linebacker Lester Liston – "My thoughts are … Big Ten champs. Man, this is going to be too good."

Stroudsburg (Pa.) defensive tackle Sebastian Joseph – "I think it's awesome. It's big news for the university and they deserve it. They have been playing great. It's going to be fun. I know it's nuts. It's a great look for the state of New Jersey. [I am] proud to be a part of it."

Dayton (Springfield, N.J.) cornerback Anthony Cioffi – "I think it's a step in the right direction I think it's going to be amazing, going to the biggest media conference."

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) tight end Nick Arcidiacono – "I'm really pumped about it. The Big Ten is one of the best conferences and I'm excited to be playing against better competition. It's a big step for Rutgers and I'm excited."

Manalapan (N.J.) 2014 receiver Saeed Blacknall – "I think it will be a very good look for them and anyone who doubted their talent will give RU an opportunity to make a statement about the program."

Red Bank Catholic defensive tackle Josh Klecko - "So my sophomore season, nice. That's cool."

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