Orange's Previlon Off to Solid Start

BELLEVILLE, N.J. – Orange (N.J.) High School’s Willington Previlon will be the first in his family to go to college, and he plans to do so by playing in the Big Ten at Rutgers. A summer verbal commitment to the Scarlet Knights, Previlon bulked up in the fall and is excited about his future with the Rutgers coaching staff.

Orange (N.J.) defensive end Willington Previlon returned to Rutgers last week for the first time since his summer commitment to the Scarlet Knights. The now 6-foot-5, 245-pound defensive end had a front-row seat to the historic win over Michigan.

Previlon remains solid to Rutgers, and is excited with the two months since his decision.

“I’m just excited every time I go down there,” Previlon said. “It was awesome when I went with my mom and I committed. It’s awesome every time. Coach [Jim] Panagos, the defensive line coach, is really enthusiastic. I like talking to him a lot.”

The commitment decision for Previlon was an easy one after bringing his mother to campus. Previlon received a private tour of the school, and committed midway through a Rutgers 7-on-7 passing camp.

“The biggest reason [I committed] is because of all of the coaches,” Previlon said. “The education is a good atmosphere too. My family is very proud of me.

“I love Rutgers. The atmosphere is so personal, and the coaches have presented the great education that I am going to get. After college, I’m going to be taken care of.”

Previlon has another reason to feel pride in accepting a verbal scholarship offer.

“It’s more than important,” he said. “I’m the first person in my family, I know you hear that a lot, but I’m the first person in my family to go to college. That’s special.”

Previlon said he is close with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood, and excited about the recently signed two-year extension.

“You want to play for that guy,” Previlon said. “He’s one of those guys that gets you hungry. He’s enthusiastic. He knows he means business.” was in attendance last week for Orange’s victory over Belleville, and has single-game cut ups of Previlon in action.

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