Rutgers still needed at quarterback and time was running out before National Signing Day. When the recruiting staff found Warren (Mich.) De La Salle quarterback Giovanni Rescigno, a 48-hour official visit was all it took to seal the partnership.
Resigno's late January commitment gave Rutgers its quarterback, and he arrives on campus for good in three weeks.
"I honestly can't wait," he said. "I think about it every day and I get more excited every day. I'm just looking at that move-in schedule and getting ready to play football again. I just can't wait.
"I can't imagine what it's going to be like because nothing compares to that. It's going to be the start of something new. I've worked hard for this, and I'm almost there."
Rescigno's arrival becomes even more important in summer workouts, where Rutgers is down two quarterbacks from the spring. Blake Rankin left the program to find more playing time elsewhere and Philip Nelson was dismissed by coach Kyle Flood after an alleged assault.
The 6-foot-4, 230-pound quarterback will be one of four scholarship players at the position. Unlike the others, Rescigno brings a history of mobility to the position.
"My goal is to start and to win the job no matter what," Rescigno said. "Whether that's as a freshman or I red shirt, that's fine. It doesn't matter. I'm just going to work as hard as I can. My main goal is to start, which is everybody's goal coming in."
Visiting for both a scrimmage and the spring game, Rescigno said his three times in Piscataway have him feeling more comfortable heading into summer workouts and classes.
"I definitely look at it as an advantage," he said. "I've gone to practices. I've seen how the offense is run and how strict it's going to be. I think it's an advantage going in, and I'm eager to learn more when I get there."
Rescigno received limited exposure in high school after playing behind five-star Shane Morris for his first three years. Morris, who is heading into his second season at Michigan, had plenty of advice for his former teammate heading into the Big Ten.
"I know, kind of, what to expect," Rescigno said. "Even though he went to Michigan which is 40 minutes from his house, he has advice for me about getting ready. I know it's going to be something new. "
Rescigno joked that many of his old friends will have to become enemies when Rutgers joins the Big Ten. But that move means multiple games in his home state.
"I always think about it when I talk to my friends," Rescigno said. "I can't imagine what it's going to be like playing in the big house, playing at Michigan State. All of my friends are going to be there – everyone I went to school with. That's a big reason why I'm excited about Rutgers and the Big Ten."