Official Visit Set for QB Siciliano

Winter Springs (Fla.) 2014 quarterback Anthony Siciliano is eager to return to New Jersey, where he has an official visit set to Rutgers. Siciliano, currently a preferred walk-on commit to Indiana, discussed the situation with

Quarterback Anthony Siciliano wants to return home, and could very well get the chance next week during a late official visit to Rutgers.

Siciliano, originally from Verona, N.J., is a preferred walk-on commitment at Indiana. The Winter Springs (Fla.) senior recently came into contact with the Rutgers staff, however, and jumped at the chance to return to his home state and learn about the school. Siciliano will be on campus Wednesday in time for the second spring practice as an official visit.

"I miss New Jersey a lot," Siciliano said. "It's home. All of my friends and family up there make me miss it a lot. As soon as they heard about me coming up for a visit to Rutgers, they all contacted me and they were really excited and happy for me. It's really great to see that again. When you grow up in a small town like Verona, it means a lot. It's a huge factor."

Likely a preferred walk-on candidate for the Scarlet Knights, Siciliano has not yet had the talk with head coach Kyle Flood.

"I've been talking to Rutgers back and forth for a little while," he said. "In late February, they asked me to come up for an official visit and I said yes right away. … [Recruiting coordinator Tariq] Ahmad and coach Ralph Friedgen saw my film, and they were just like, ‘we've got to get you up here.'

"… We'll talk more about it when I get up there in person. I'm not sure if it's a scholarship or a preferred walk-on. It can go either way."

Siciliano was born in New Jersey, and lived half of his life in the Garden State with time also spent in Florida.

"I know all about Rutgers," he said. "My dad has been to the campus at Rutgers a few times. It's 30 or 40 minutes from my old hometown, so I know a lot about Rutgers. It's just a feeling of pride when you have an opportunity to play at a school like Rutgers when you're a New Jersey guy."

Ahmad and Friedgen have been the most involved in recruiting Siciliano. The 5-foot-11 quarterback played threw for 1,048 yards and 11 touchdowns as a senior.

"Coach Ahmad told me that I can make every throw on the field, and I have great accuracy," Siciliano said. "That's what made them really interested. Coach Friedgen has pretty much reiterated the same stuff and wants to get me up here."

Siciliano will be on campus for a 48-hour official visit starting Tuesday.

"I'm excited to watch them practice," he said. "I want to see their offense and how they go about their formations. I want to see how they coach. And then there's the school. I want to see how it is academically. I know it's a great school, and I just want to get a feel for the surroundings at Rutgers."

Siciliano aims to pursue a degree in sports management. He remains committed to Indiana as a preferred walk-on, but will reexamine his options during his Rutgers visit.

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