Wiafe Talks Need to Improve in Final Month

Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) defensive end Eric Wiafe is unsure of what lies in his future after graduation but remains focused on the path forward. Hoping to enroll with the rest of the Rutgers recruiting class next month, Wiafe discussed his need to finish work in the classroom.

Egg Harbor Township (N.J.) defensive end Eric Wiafe still believes in a future wearing the Rutgers uniform but it may not come as soon as he hopes.

Not yet through the academic clearinghouse, Wiafe said he needs to make quick improvements or could take the prep school route to Rutgers.

"I know I have some work to do with my grades right now," he said. "I have to take care of that first and that's the top focus. I have to get through the clearinghouse with my SATs first."

Wiafe has a visit scheduled to Milford Academy (New Berlin, N.Y.), where he will prep this fall if he does not qualify. Milford is the same program where cornerback Delon Stephenson spent a semester before enrolling at Rutgers this spring.

"I'm going to visit there coming soon and check out where I might end up first," Wiafe said. "I've come to the realization that it's going to be pretty tough going for me for a whole semester but I'm totally focused on my grades now."

Wiafe said a semester in prep school changes nothing in his plans to play on the Rutgers defensive line.

"[I have] no doubt that I'm going to Rutgers," Wiafe said. "I'm obviously staying in shape and working on my football skills. I'm trying to improve my technique. When I get to Rutgers, I want to be in the best shape and ready to go."

Originally recruited by defensive line coach Jim Panagos, Wiafe said he is appreciative of the constant contact from him and support from the Rutgers coaching staff.

"Coach Panagos, he's really supportive," Wiafe said. "He's one of the best d-line coaches in the country. He's always there. He's prepared me for anything."

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