Rescigno Looking to Help Lead in Recruiting

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Giovanni Rescigno wants to help Rutgers finish its 2014 recruiting class with a bang. One of two new Scarlet Knights from a big weekend, Rescigno discussed the want to add more pro-style athletes and the importance of four-star Saeed Blacknall.

Warren (Mich.) Del La Salle's Giovannni Rescigno went from eager prospect to future Big Ten quarterback in a matter of minutes Sunday by receiving a scholarship offer from Rutgers and making his commitment.

Rescigno, after letting the moment sink in, sees leadership as the next step. Wanting to finish the Rutgers class strong, Rescigno sees four-star receiver Saeed Blacknall as the key prospect.

"It's definitely important to have guys like that," Rescigno said. "Especially as a quarterback, that's the position you look at. I know he's going to be a guy that will catch the ball. I know he's a great player. … I started looking at their class recently, and he's a great player."

Blacknall is a verbal to Rutgers, but unofficially visited Penn State last week after the departure of offensive coordinator Ron Prince to the NFL. He is expected to have an in-home visit with James Franklin this week.

Rescigno got to know Blacknall during the official visit weekend. He and Blacknall spent time together with their hosts Leonte Carroo, Mike Bimonte and Michael Burton.

"I spent time with him, a lot, over the weekend and everything," Rescigno said. "We got along pretty well. I wasn't committed yet, but we were just talking a lot about Rutgers and about the future.

"When I was around [Blacknall] and the recruits and some of the freshmen … they're all family already. They all treat each other the same and they're all about Rutgers. It's just special there. That's how it is."

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has been as informative as possible about the search for a coordinator with recruits like Blacknall and Rescigno. The coordinator seat is vacant, but the personnel and the planning will be the same, recruits were told.

"I'm definitely a pro-style guy," said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Rescigno. "That's definitely what fits me. It's what I've been running for years, so if it sticks as a pro-style that will be awesome. I love running a pro-style offense."

In Rescigno's one year as the De La Salle starter, he worked heavily out of pistol and shotgun formations.

Rutgers, adding read-option wrinkles in 2013, has a mobile option in Rescigno, who ran for over 400 yards as a senior.

"I ran some read-option, and I can make plays with my feet, so I'm comfortable with that," he said. "We didn't do it too much, but it's something I'd expect to do."

Rescigno's pro-style background has him equally excited about the large number of young tight ends in the program. Fellow Midwesterner George Behr was also at Rutgers on his official visit. Rutgers has Logan Lister on the roster as an early enrollee, along with Nick Arcidiacono and Taylor Marini entering their second years.

"I worked with some really good tight ends in high school, so that's something I'm excited about," Rescigno said. "It was an important part of our offense. That's definitely important to me."

Rescigno wants to take on a leadership role in the last week before National Signing Day. He said his message to anyone on the fence, or still considering Rutgers, is simple.

"We're a big family and we're going to build a Big Ten program at Rutgers with you guys," he said.

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