Rutgers Commit Tsimis Talks Official Visit

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) receiver John Tsimis verbally committed to Rutgers as a junior and recently returned home from his official visit. The 2013 receiver prospect spoke with about his official visit and rehabilitation from a torn ACL.

When Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) star receiver John Tsimis tore his ACL last spring, Rutgers was one of the few programs to remain aggressive in recruiting him.

Committing to his home-state university less than a month after his injury, Tsimis has been active getting healthy and preparing for a college career at Rutgers.

Tsimis began cutting on his surgically-repaired knee this month and is close to a full recovery with National Signing Day looming.

"[Being away from football] my senior year was tough," Tsimis said. "I did what I could to help my team … but I'm ready to get back on the field."

The three-star receiver gets one step closer to the gridiron Wednesday when he signs with Rutgers.

"[My official visit] made me feel ready to sign," Tsimis said. "Everything about it was great, so I'm excited to make it official."

Tsimis visited for the Jan. 25 weekend with a handful of other top Rutgers prospects. Hosted by sophomore linebacker Kevin Snyder, Tsimis said he enjoyed a trip to Dave & Busters in New York and the chance to meet with the Rutgers staff.

"Kevin was a great host," Tsimis said. "He answered any question I had and showed me a great time."

With the recent commitment of Pasco (Fla.) three-star prospect Janarion Grant, Tsimis is now one of three receivers committed to Rutgers alongside Andre Patton. Rutgers brought in four scholarship receivers last year, but lost both Mark Harrison and Tim Wright at the end of the season.

"I'm going to get there ready to compete," Tsimis said. "They have a great scheme and a lot of good receivers to learn from."

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