Galiano Brings NFL Experience to Recruiting

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Phil Galiano returned to Rutgers in the winter, and officially took over as recruiting coordinator in July. Spending two years with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers as a special teams assistant, he returns to Rutgers with a hunger to bring in Big Ten talent.

New Rutgers recruiting coordinator Phil Galiano spent the last two seasons coaching special teams with the Tampa Bay Buccaneers and evaluating talent for the NFL Draft.

Galiano spent six years with Rutgers under Greg Schiano before following him to the NFL, and his return to Piscataway as recruiting coordinator feels like a natural fit for his family.

“It’s almost like being back home after we were on vacation for a long period of time,” Galiano said. “I still own my house here, so we moved back in. My wife went back to her same company. My children went back to their same school – having their same friends. It’s really neat for me because I recruited or helped recruit a lot of these guys.”

The NFL Draft consumed a significant portion of Galiano’s time during offseasons with Tampa. Credit Galiano for bringing in names like Russell Sheppard, who went from undrafted free agent to a 14-game roster man for the Buccaneers.

“He came and he was a dynamic special teams player for us,” Galiano said.” He made the team, and the reason he did was because he was so good on special teams. … I helped scout them all really other than quarterback offensive line and defensive line – anyone that can play special teams.

“What is their value on special teams? It gave me the opportunity to watch all of those guys and their college film. I got the chance to give a lot of input on who we wanted to target.”

As a position coach at Rutgers, Galiano worked with more than a dozen NFL players, specifically on the 2006 and 2011 bowl-winning rosters.

“I think it helps because the youth today, they all want to play in the NFL,” he said. “Some of my NFL experience is a draw. I’ve been there. I know what it takes to play there and those sorts of things.”

Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood brought Galiano back to Rutgers in the offseason to help in player development.

Galiano worked behind the scenes in the role until recruiting coordinator Tariq Ahmad stepped down to take a scouting job with the San Francisco 49ers. It did not take long for Flood to promote Galiano to the role.

Since the June change – Galiano took over immediately but was not announced until Big Ten Media Day – Rutgers added 12 commitments. The names include 2015 three-stars Blake Camper, Jon Bateky and Ronnie James and the earliest commitment in Rutgers history in 2016 lineman Ted Field.

“I try to tell recruits this all of the time,” Galiano said. “Everyone’s going to tell you they have nice facilities and academics and they’re playing in this conference or that conference. At the end of the day, you have to surround yourself with good people. I think that’s important for recruits and their parents to understand, and I know it’s something we offer.”

During his time as a position coach, Galiano spent most of his time recruiting South Jersey. His relationships in state remain after returning to the program.

Galiano’s role includes organizing the staff for recruiting trips, meeting with prospects on campus and evaluating talent. Doing it in New Jersey makes it fun, he said, especially with the chance to recruit so many prospects that live near Rutgers.

“The guys who come here, after they’re here a year, understand how cool it is,” Galiano said. “After a game, my parents are at the game, I can go to dinner with them. They can come watch spring practice, or I can stop at home on a long weekend. All of those are added benefits.”

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