Wiafe Planning January Rutgers Enrollment

Spending a semester at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, defensive end Eric Wiafe remains committed to Rutgers. A three-star prospect out of Egg Harbor Township (N.J.), Wiafe discussed his road to Rutgers and the next 10 weeks of work.

Defensive lineman Eric Wiafe is two games into his season, just not at the program he originally expected. Needing to spend a semester in prep school after a stellar high school career at Egg Harbor Township (N.J.), Wiafe is hard at work at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy.

Wiafe will prep for the semester and remains committed to Rutgers for a January enrollment.

"Everything is good so far," Wiafe said. "I know I'll be at Rutgers in January. I just have to keep working hard. It's a slow process but I'm getting through it day by day."

Wiafe's determination has already been put to the test, seeing multiple Milford teammates quit the program in the first two weeks. Wiafe has no plans of giving up with Rutgers in his sights.

"I'm not quitting," Wiafe said. "I'm excited. It's just like when I finished high school because I want to get to college and play. It's going to be a different experience getting into the college world, but I'm seeing all of these freshmen making a splash in college teams across the country. I hope that can be me. I hope I can do that for Rutgers."

Wiafe is two games into his season and off to a 2-0 start. Playing defensive end for Milford, he has nine tackles and two TFLs and is getting ready for game three against Wagner.

"I feel like I'm playing well, because it's also an upgrade in the competition," Wiafe said. "They have me playing at left-side end, which is kind of what [Rutgers coach Kyle Flood] wants me to do. I'm learning a lot, but it's more about working hard in the classroom."

Wiafe spent parts of the summer at Rutgers before learning he would not be able to enroll and take part in training camp. He said the time he spent there prepared him well for Milford and made him motivated to return for the spring semester.

"Everyone is just telling me to push through," Wiafe said. "Every day I'm here, I'm going to get better and get closer. I talk to the coaches every once in a while just to stay in contact before I finish here. They're excited to get me back." Wiafe said he plans to stay locked into his studies until the final 10 weeks of the program ends. He then expects to take a second official visit to Rutgers and enroll in January. Wiafe signed his National Letter of Intent with Rutgers in February.


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