CoachSpeak: Scouting Pete Mokwuah

St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, N.Y.) defensive lineman Pete Mokwuah verbally committed to Rutgers last night after conversations with head coach Kyle Flood and defensive coordinator Dave Cohen. St. Joe's head coach Rick Clark spoke in-depth with about his connections to the Rutgers staff and what his star defender brings to the college level.

Not only is Rutgers getting a 300-pound lineman in new commit Pete Mokwuah, but the Scarlet Knights and coach Kyle Flood have one that brings mobility.

Listed at 6-foot-3, 310-pounds, Mokwuah plays a hybrid defensive end for St. Joseph by the Sea (Staten Island, N.Y.) and wreaks havoc on offensive lines, said coach Rick Clark.

Expected to play defensive tackle for defensive coordinator Dave Cohen at Rutgers, Mokwuah is more than just a big body.

"He's a big guy and with the defenses we run, we give him a lot of responsibility," Clark said. "We move him around the field a lot, put him in different gaps, try to keep the offense guessing. I'd say he's pretty mobile for his size.

Mokwuah projects as a defensive tackle for Rutgers, which will be a new position.

"I think with their coaching, he's going to be a really good player for them wherever they want to put him," Clark said. "I think he's going to have a lot of success. He works his tail off in the weight room and he didn't sit out a play for us all year. He always shows up with the right attitude."

Clark and Mokwuah hosted more than a dozen schools during the spring evaluation period but said nothing compared to the opportunities offered at Rutgers.

Sitting on his offer for one month, Mokwuah felt ready to make his decision last night after a conversation with Cohen.

"They're great coaches and a lot of New York guys," Clark said. "Coach [Jim] Panagos, the defensive line coach, and coach Cohen are both really interesting. It's a class organization and I couldn't be happier with where he's going. I know he'll be treated the right way. They do a lot of the same things that we do and education comes first there.

"We're a little selfishly excited with him being 35 minutes from home in the Big Ten. We'll be in to see him play all the time."

Mokwuah visited Rutgers for a spring scrimmage and would have been at last week's spring game had his ride not cancelled.

Now verbally committed as the ninth member of the class, he hopes to return to campus soon with his coach.

"They run a really class organization there," Clark said. "It was just a perfect fit for him and I think he can do great things with them going into the Big Ten. It just seemed like an awesome fit. When they offered him a chance to go play there, he jumped at it."

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