17 in 17: TE Nick Arcidiacono

Rutgers football has 17 signed freshmen in various stages of the enrollment process. Continuing our 17-in-17 series, today ScarletReport.com looks at incoming tight end Nick Arcidiacono out of Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.).

Tight end Nick Arcidiacono will be the third Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) player to join the Rutgers roster in the last 13 months when he arrives in two weeks.

Younger brother of Brandon Arcidiacono and former teammate of Rutgers redshirt freshman Desmon Peoples, the incoming freshman tight end feels ready to join the roster.

"I'm so excited and ready to get there," Arcidiacono said. "Really since the end of the season, lifting and conditioning to get ready is all I've been doing. I'm just so excited to get up there and play with my brother, with [Desmon Peoples]. It's been a year since I played with them, so I'm really excited."

Joining the program for the second summer session, Arcidiacono said a jump start on college workouts is the key to success going into training camp.

"Show up in shape," he said. "That's what they told me. I've been trying to do that these last couple of months. It's going to be tough no matter what, they said, but I think I'll be ready."

Rutgers returns just two scholarship tight ends from last season and needs to improve depth at the position. Arcidiacono, who camped last year as a tight end and earned an offer, thinks he can be the answer.

"I see a real opportunity there," he said. "They don't have a lot there right now, so hopefully I'm coming in and I can show I'm capable of stepping in and playing right away. "I've looked at Brandon's playbook a couple of times. I think I have a good feel for what I need to do. I'm pretty good with the playbook for now and I think I'll be able to pick it up."

Replacing an offensive coordinator and tight ends coach with Ron Prince and Anthony Campanile respectively, Arcidiacono had limited spring interaction with the pair and looks to spend time with both upon arrival.

"I wanted to see them both at the spring game, but I didn't get to spend a ton of time with them," he said. "I haven't met coach Prince yet because he was busy, but I'm excited to meet him because it's his offense."

In addition to a brother already in the program, his eldest brother Mark Arcidiacono played at Penn State and his cousin Ryan Arcidiacono is coming off a stellar freshman basketball season at Villanova.

With athleticism strong in the family, Arcidiacono said he has plenty of confidence and places to turn for advice.

"They've all been telling me to work hard first and everything will be alright," he said. "I think I definitely am a little more prepared than some other people because of that. With my brother in the program, with Des in the program, I kind of know what to expect. I think that's really helping me prepare myself."

Arcidiacono checks in at 6-foot-4, 245 pounds. A three-star recruit in the class of 2013, he ranked at No. 60 overall at his position.

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