Prominent Coaches Rave About Big Ten Move

ScarletReport.com spoke to many high school coaches regarding the Rutgers move to the Big Ten for all sports. Coaches with former players in the program and commits heading there discuss why the move is big for Rutgers and what it means for future recruiting.

Recruiting often comes down to relationships and the Rutgers move to the Big Ten strengthens many of the relationships between the staff and prominent coaches.

Getting out of the Big East and moving to a conference with an impressive football and academic reputation makes Rutgers a more attractive option in recruiting. For coaches with players in the program, it is a time of excitement.

"Rutgers to Big Ten is a no brainer," said St. Peters Prep head coach Rich Hansen, who has three former players on the Rutgers roster. "It would have a dramatic impact on recruiting, revenue, fan excitement and public perception. RU rolling into Michigan has a slightly different feel than playing at a lesser venue. I'm ecstatic for [New Jersey] football, our players and Rutgers.

This puts the [Rutgers] program at an entirely different level. It's just an awesome opportunity for everyone. New Jersey is ready for this from a support standpoint too. Big time college football is here."

Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) coach Rob Hinson had multiple prospects look to the SEC, ACC and the Big Ten instead of Rutgers and the Big East. Now freshman middle linebacker Quanzell Lambert broke the mold last year and three-star linebacker Myles Nash was a key commitment to the program this summer.

The move to the Big Ten, Hinson, said is huge for his players in the program and makes a difference for future Timber Creek prospects.

Rutgers, like other schools, became a victim of negative recruiting for its status in the weakened Big East. Hinson expects that to end as well.

"I think it's great," Hinson said. "It will elevate the status of the programs, and it will prevent teams from negatively recruiting against Rutgers because of their conference affiliation."

University School (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) head coach Roger Harriot formed a relationship with the Rutgers staff during the recruitment of defensive end Nick Internicola and uncommitted linebacker Skai Moore.

When it comes to Moore, one of the top uncommitted targets for Rutgers, joining the Big Ten helps elevate Rutgers to the same conference as suitors Wisconsin and Ohio State.

"The Big Ten is a well-resected conference and I believe that the move will significantly improve their recruiting efforts by making them more attractive to premiere prospects," Harriot said.

The move is being met with positive reactions. Piscataway coach Dan Higgins, who has two players on the roster and four-star Nadir Barnwell joining next semester, said the tradition of the conference excites him.

Montclair coach John Fiore – former coach of freshman Julian Pinnix-Odrick and Aubrey Lewis – described the move as "great for all of us."

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) coach Steve Devlin has current players in the ACC, SEC, Big Ten and Big East. Freshmen Brandon Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples won a state title with him last season and class of 2013 commit Nick Arcidiacono is hoping to do the same this year.

Devlin said the move helps Rutgers elevate it recruiting game.

"I think it's a great move into a great conference," Devlin said. "[It] will help them in recruiting, as well and on a national scale. Big Ten Channel exposure [but Rutgers has] some tough games though."

Brian Dohn contributed to this report


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