CoachSpeak: Scouting Donald Bedell

Rumson-Fairhaven (N.J.) coach Bryan Batchler spoke to Thursday morning to offer his take on Donald Bedell's commitment. Bedell is the 16th 2014 commitment for Rutgers coach Kyle Flood.

Rutgers continues its search for improved pass rushers off the edge and found a talented one in Donald Bedell, said Rumson-Fairhaven (N.J.) head coach Bryan Batchler. Bedell made his Rutgers commitment Thursday morning and brings the true 4-3 pass-rushing personality the Scarlet Knights want in the Big Ten.

"He's a fierce competitor," Batchler said. "He's going to go 100 percent with tenacity. He's going to bring toughness and hunger to get to the quarterback, make tackles and make plays."

Bedell already has experience against Big Ten caliber offensive linemen. Practicing in camps and workouts with Red Bank Catholic (N.J.) offensive lineman Quenton Nelson, Bedell works against the best New Jersey has to offer to hone his skills.

Nelson committed to Notre Dame in May.

"His ability to get to the quarterback really stands out," Batchler said. "Any defensive coordinator will tell you that you can only cover good receivers for so long, but when you have kids out there that can get to the quarterback by sending four, it's a great asset.

"He's very long. He's very hard to block. He's been doing 1-on-1s all summer with Quenton Nelson and that's something to be said about the two of them trying to go against the best competition they can."

The competition offered by Rutgers was a key player in the decision-making process. Bedell looked seriously at Connecticut, Temple and other schools, but none offered the strength of schedule of the Scarlet Knights.

"Donald wants to play big time, Division I football," Batchler said. "With Rutgers moving to the Big Ten, that's very enticing. At the same time Rutgers has a tremendous academic reputation with a close proximity to home. I think that made a big difference.

"The combination of proximity and being able to play that type of schedule is something that Donald really wants to be challenged with. He had some great options, but when Rutgers comes along it makes it difficult."

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