A good football player and an even better person – that is what Rutgers gets tomorrow when Orange (N.J.) defensive end Willington Previlon faxes his National Letter of Intent. That’s how Orange coach Randy Daniel sees it.
Daniel coached Previlon prior to his Rutgers commitment, and offered him complete support when the decision took place this summer.
“Sometimes you get kids and, at night, you don’t know what’s going to happen, especially in an environment like this,” Daniel said. “You’re wondering if he’s going to get locked up or stuff like that. With Will, you can sleep soundly at night because that isn’t him.”
Previlon logged nine sacks and 61 tackles as a senior despite most teams game-planning away from him.
“He had an excellent season – excellent season,” Daniel said. “He was unstoppable this season. He was literally un-blockable. Rutgers is getting a great player, but the thing about it is they’re getting a better kid off the field. That’s what excites me.”
Previlon received his Letter of Intent earlier this week. He and his mother will complete the paperwork this evening, and send it to Piscataway before school starts.
“This is so special,” Daniel said. “We had a kid before, Jay Alford, who played at Penn State and played in the Super Bowl. He played in the Big Ten, and now we’re going to see Will. It’s our first time having a player go to Rutgers. I’ve always wanted to see one stay home so we can go see him. It’s special.”
Previlon brings zero off-the-field concerns, Daniel said. He is the first in his family to pursue a college education, and that means something to him.
“He’s grown up as a senior – multiple it times 10,” Daniel said. “It’s unreal how much he’s grown and developed. It’s amazing what happens to a kid once he gets an offer. Sometimes they get big-headed and do nothing. In his case, he got an offer and just made him work harder.”
Rutgers picked up a school of fans this summer after Previlon’s verbal commitment. Head coach Kyle Flood can expect plenty of the Orange Tornado Nation in the seats for 2015 and beyond.
“We’re going to try to get season tickets and send some kids every year to see spring practice and some games just to get them motivated,” Daniels said. “You’ve got to be special to play at Rutgers. Everybody is excited about it over here.”