Spotlight 2015: PK Michael Caggiano

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Class of 2015 kicker Michael Caggiano spent his summer gaining exposure in camps. Starting his junior year at Englishtown (N.J.) Manalapan High, Caggiano already has one unofficial visit under his belt and has a chance for major exposure this season.

ENGLISHTOWN, N.J. – Manalapan High 2015 kicker Michael Caggiano has been a face at Rutgers since football camps as a freshman and is now expanding his horizons with scholarship offers as his goal.

Caggiano camped at Rutgers dating back to when Greg Schiano ran things and thinks very highly of the program that is home to Manalapan products Mike Bimonte at quaterback and Cody High in player development.

"They treat me really well," Caggiano said. "It's New Jersey and it's like home. Everyone should want to stay home with their family and everything like that. Rutgers treats you like that and that's my favorite part about it."

Caggiano has a significant chance for exposure this year with 2014 teammate Saeed Blacknall on the roster. Blacknall is a four-star receiver committed to Rutgers that will put extra eyes on Caggiano and what he can do in the kicking game.

Caggiano describes himself as a consistent touchback guy on kickoffs. His career long in live action is 42 yards going into the season.

In camps at Rutgers, Maryland and LSU, Caggiano said he was consistent from 50 yards and in with a best of 60 yards.

"I consider myself an all-around athlete and not just a kicker," Caggiano said. "I'm improving a lot on my punts, so I think that can be a pretty big factor with colleges. I play a few different positions, so there's a chance for me with trick plays in college too."

Caggiano was named one of the top performers at a Maryland special teams camp over the summer. He is also receiving interest from Boston College.

"Maryland is a nice campus," he said. "I've been there one time. The coaches show a lot of respect. They show a lot of interest in me. The atmosphere there is really nice too. It's beautiful. Everything is nice about Maryland. I like them."

Caggiano lives a half hour from Rutgers, where he is already a frequent visitor. He was in the stands for the home opener against Norfolk State and plans to be back again this season.

"The atmosphere at Rutgers was amazing," he said. "I loved the coaches, the players, the students. The student section gets really rowdy. It's really nice over there.

"I've talked with [the coaches] a lot. I haven't met coach [Kyle] Flood yet, but I hear about him all the time. I've met [special teams coordinator Joe] Rossi and he's treated me really well. I've been going to their camps since I was a freshman. The coaches are amazing."

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