Seemingly every inexperienced defensive end with an international background draws comparisons to Jason Pierre-Paul out of high school. Willington Previlon of Orange (N.J.) is the latest to draw the comparisons, and he has the background to back it up.
A 6-foot-5 defensive end with an even larger wing span, Previlon committed to Rutgers and drew the comparisons from head coach Randy Daniel because of his body type and background.
“He uses his hands very well, and he goes after the ball,” Daniel said. “The thing is, he’s still new to the game. He hasn’t been playing football very long because he’s from Haiti. He’s kind of in the same [situation] as Pierre-Paul. He’s coming along, and once he gets in that weight program, he’s going to be unreal.”
Previlon brings limited football experience to the Orange roster, but impressed Rutgers coach Kyle Flood in person during last month’s Big Man Academy.
Previlon was one of the top performers of the second BMA at Rutgers alongside defensive line commit Kamaal Seymour.
“No doubt, Rutgers stole him,” Daniel said. “He’s got those long arms and he can use them. He can move. Once he gets there and he has a couple of years to learn everything in their offseason program, he’s going to really develop into something special.”
Daniel coached Previlon last season, and said there is plenty of room to grow into a Big Ten caliber lineman.
“They’re getting a diamond in the rough because he’s a workhorse,” Daniel said. “He’s a great kid and he’s very respectful and a hard worker. He’s got no tattoos, no trouble. He’s a good kid and he’s going to be very good. He’s already 6-foot-5. He’s going to come in there ready to work. He’s got a great upside.
“He’s willing to work. He wants to put the work in, and he’s going to keep improving. The best thing with him is you don’t have to worry about all of that off-the-field stuff. He’s even better off the field than he is on the field.”
Rutgers joined the Big Ten two weeks ago, and will have some extra fans from Orange watching the games after adding Previlon.
“It’s really exciting for us to have him going to Rutgers,” Daniel said. “Now going to the games, we know somebody. It’s going to be special to watch him there.”