Wiafe All Set for Rutgers

New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy defensive lineman Eric Wiafe is finished with his post graduate responsibilities and set to enroll at Rutgers next semester. Wiafe received word Thursday that his next stop will be at Rutgers, where he is eligible for spring practice.

Eric Wiafe gave his family an early Thanksgiving gift Thursday when he returned home with the news that he could enroll at Rutgers next semester.

After 13 weeks of post-graduate work at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, Wiafe received the final test scores he needed and said he is eligible to join the Scarlet Knights.

"It's definitely exciting because this wasn't easy," Wiafe said. "This really wasn't easy for me. It was a huge challenge to go through, but I'm proud that I did what I needed to do."

Wiafe signed with Rutgers and coach Kyle Flood during last year's National Signing Day. Spending time on campus during the summer, he was asked to attend Milford Academy in the fall to prep for Rutgers.

Wiafe left Milford at 6-foot-5, 260 pounds and expects to play 3-technique in the spring for the Scarlet Knights.

"I definitely feel ready," Wiafe said. "I feel like I can go in and help them out on the defensive line."

Wiafe, now home with his family in Egg Harbor, N.J., finished with 24 tackles and two sacks this season.

Wiafe did not get the chance to inform Rutgers of his clearance because he found out while the staff was in Orlando, Fla., preparing for the UCF game.

"I know [defensive line] coach [Jim] Panagos is going to be excited," Wiafe said. "He's been talking to me every week and supporting me and everything. I can't wait to tell him."

Wiafe does not plan on a second official visit to Rutgers, but said he might make the trip if he works something out with fellow Milford commit Jordan Fuchs. After 13 weeks away, Wiafe said he would rather spend time with his family.

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