Wide receiver and tight end coach Anthony Campanile is a former coach at Don Bosco Prep and has strong ties to most schools in North Jersey. And in South Jersey, former Iowa assistant Darrell Wilson has ties to the region dating back to his time as a young high school coach.
"I'm excited to add two guys to our recruiting landscape, to the state of Rutgers, that really have very strong, natural ties to the state of Rutgers," Flood said.
Wilson brings more than a decade's worth of Big Ten experience to a program readying to transition to its new home. Working with multiple position groups at Iowa, Wilson will coach the secondary at Rutgers following Robb Smith's departure to Tampa and Campanile's move to the offense.
"It's very exciting for not only me but for my family and my extended family," Wilson said. "We got the news we were coming, we were ecstatic. It's a tremendous time right now for Rutgers football. It's an exciting time going into the Big Ten. I couldn't be more elated."
During his time at Iowa, Wilson specialized in recruiting New Jersey and is responsible for bringing in players like former running back Shonn Greene and starting linebacker Quinton Alston.
"Darrell Wilson in South Jersey, that was one of the first names I heard when I started recruiting in Jersey," Flood said. "When you went down there, you always heard about Darrell Wilson. He has very strong ties from being a high-school coach in South Jersey."
Wilson has close ties to top programs like Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.). Before Timber Creek head coach Rob Hinson took over the program, he got his start under Wilson.
"People that have worked on his staff like Rob Hinson are still head coaches today in South Jersey," Flood said. "Rob really has one of the top programs in our entire state, not just South Jersey, in Timber Creek. I think when you have a chance to bring two guys to your staff, whether hiring from the outside or promoting from within, that are naturally tied to your primary recruiting areas, it certainly gives you an opportunity to get better."