Rescigno Enjoys Educational Spring Break

Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Giovannni Rescigno saw his first Rutgers practice last week, and spend three days on campus during his spring break. A key late addition in the 2014 signing class, Rescigno broke down his weekend visit with family and what he learned from watching practice.

In the words of head coach Kyle Flood, having incoming freshman Giovanni Rescigno spend his spring break at Rutgers gives him a great building experience for when he enrolls in two months.

The Michigan-native spent a weekend on campus with his father and brother to learn more about his future home. Rescigno was a late addition in the 2014 recruiting class, and one that brought excitement to Flood in the final weeks before Signing Day.

"[Rescigno's] geography doesn't allow him to be here every week, but we're so excited to have him in the program and we really think he'll be able to do great things here someday," Flood said. "To have him come down and be around coach Friedgen in person, experience practice, be around his future teammates and be around five guys that were in his signing class, I think it's going to be great for him."

Rescigno returned to Rutgers for the first time since his January verbal commitment. He came for a weekend, and left wanting his enrollment to speed up.

"Obviously I'm excited to finish my senior year with my friends, but my main focus is on Rutgers," Rescigno said. "I can't explain how excited I am to get to Rutgers in June.

"[Friday] was the first college practice I've ever been to, so it was really special that it happened at Rutgers. Being there knowing I'll be there for good in the near future was a pretty good feeling. I can't wait until my freshman year."

Rescigno never visited another team's practice during his high school recruitment out of Warren (Mich) De La Salle High School. His first practice, therefore, was memorable.

"I learned a lot just from watching the quarterbacks and watching coach [Ralph] Friedgen and coach Flood run the offense," he said. "I was in the locker room and the meetings with them watching everything I could, the quarterbacks especially. "

Friedgen was simply a name on the hot board at the time of Rescigno's commitment. The former Maryland head coach has now had close to three months to build his offense during an ongoing quarterback battle.

"He's a great coach and I saw that right away," Rescigno said. "I can't wait to play for him because that's going to be awesome. He's a genius.

"I talked to all of [the quarterbacks]. I see what it will be like to play there under coach Friedgen. They're going to be great for me when I get there in the summer and going forward."

Rescigno had a field view of the Saturday practice and big performances from youngsters at the skill positions and the offensive line.

"It definitely makes me excited, especially coming out of high school," Rescigno said. "There are great players there that want to win a championship. I'm excited to be a part of it. I just can't wait."

With family as a mantra of the Rutgers football program, making sure Rescigno's father and brother enjoyed the trip was important for the weekend.

"They loved it," Rescigno said. "My dad has family [in New York], so he loved being able to see them. We're Italian, so it's great to kind of experience that in the area. My dad was speaking Italian with some people, and he and my brother enjoyed it a lot."

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