Venesky has a boxing background, so one-on-one battles in the trenches will be welcome against Big Ten linemen.
"He's a tough kid," Howanitz said. "He'll definitely be a physical presence. That's something he's spent a lot of time on with coaching. He'll put out a lot of energy. He's a student of the game, and he'll fit in real quickly in their system."
Venesky is a three-star Scout.com guard that projects to fill an interior role for the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-3, 280-pounder could play guard or center, Howanitz said.
"He has really long arms," he said. "He used to spend a lot of time boxing, so he's not going to back down against anybody. He's shown that his whole career so far. I think he'll bring a nice physicality. I think he could be a really nice interior or lineman for them – probably a guard or center. I think he's smart enough to play either position."
"He got to go down and see the place and really liked it, so I think he made a good decision," Howanitz said. "First of all, they're playing in the Big Ten, so he'll be playing one of the top schedules in the country. For him, I think it's less than two hours away so his parents can go to a lot of the games. It's a great academic institution. He wants to do communications, so that's great with New York being nearby."
Venesky is already a leader at Valley View, and is a high-character player, Howanitz said.
"He's kind of a quiet leader," he said. "He isn't boisterous. He was a captain for us this year as a junior, so I think his leadership skills are very good. He's great in the locker room. He works hard every day, doesn't miss anything. He pushes the kids to do better in practice. I think he's a nice fit for Rutgers. He's definitely a Division I kid with his strength and toughness."