Archibald (Pa.) Valley View offensive lineman Zach Venesky won’t let his lack of an official visit stop him from a memorable National Signing Day.
The three-star guard and Rutgers commit had other responsibilities during the Scarlet Knights’ last two official visit weekends, but Venesky has no worries when it comes to his National Letter of Intent.
“It really is an exciting time for me,” Venesky said. “I’m going to make my official visit after Signing Day. … I’m just going to go there to enjoy the campus. It’s not a big worry.”
The 6-foot-4, 280-pound Venesky saw a surge in interest after his commitment to Rutgers, but remained solid to the Scarlet Knights despite schools coming in to see him as late as January.
Venesky said he takes promises seriously.
“It’s cool for that to happen because I was pretty highly recruited after [I committed,” Venesky said. “Schools started to come in and talk to me. I was loyal to Rutgers. I gave them my word and everything, and that’s important.”
Rutgers was the third offer for Venesky at the time of his commitment, and the early relationships with coach Kyle Flood and offensive line coach Mitch Browning played a key role.
“I think it just shows, from my viewpoint, that they knew they wanted me,” Venesky said. “I felt wanted, and that made me comfortable with the whole decision.”
Venesky visited Rutgers multiple times since his commitment, and enjoyed the 8-5 season and Quick Lane Bowl victory for his future team.
“It was awesome,” Venesky said. “They went into the season and people doubted them a lot. They came out with a better record than Penn State. … They even got voted with the [Lambert] Trophy as the best team in the east. That’s really cool.”
“It’s an honor to work with them,” Venesky said. “Hopefully they take me under their wing with everything they learned. I want to get better.”
Venesky signs with Rutgers Wednesday at his school, and plans to enter his freshman year undecided with an interest in business.
“It’s going to be a cool day,” Venesky said. “I’m ready to go. … Honestly, I see it as a load off of my shoulders. I know I’m definitely going to Rutgers now. It’s a school I really like a lot, and I’m just really happy for it.”