Warminster (Pa.) Archbishop Wood head coach Steve Devlin is used to commitment press conferences by now. And after he watched his three-star quarterback, Anthony Russo, pledge Monday to Rutgers football, he is used to that sight as well.
Russo becomes the fourth prospect to commit to Rutgers in as many years since running back Desmon Peoples started a pipeline in the class of 2012.
“I’m a big fan of their staff. Rutgers is a great place, great school,” Devlin said. “With Nick and Brandon [Arcidiacono] up there and Desmon, I know what Anthony is getting into. I know the kind of football they play, and those guys speak highly of it. I’ve been up there to watch practices, and interact with their coaches. Coach [Kyle] Flood is someone he can be comfortable with.”
Rutgers landed Russo after a visit last week sealed a decision. Devlin spoke highly of the decision based upon his experience with Russo and past recruitments at Rutgers.
“I’m ecstatic because he made a great choice,” Devlin said. “He’s a great kid. Speaking as a head coach, he’s exactly what you want in your program. He’s just a born leader. Take football aside, he’s a great person, great teammates, student. But they’re getting a good football player on top of that.”
Russo led Archbishop Wood to a 14-1 season and state championship as a junior and an August victory over Hyattsville (Md.) DeMatha.
Russo completed 57 percent of his passes for 22 touchdowns, 1,248 yards and just two interceptions in 133 attempts.
“If you look at the stats throughout the league, he’s up there with completions and all,” Devlin said. “He threw 22 touchdowns. He threw seven in one half against a team. When we had to throw, he did and he did it very well. We were fortunate enough to be leading a lot of games where we didn’t have to throw. You watch him play, and he makes all of the throws.”
Russo goes into his senior season with the pressure of a college decision gone, and Devlin is excited about the chance for a repeat behind his quarterback’s leadership.
“He’s got a big, Division I arm,” Devlin said. “He can make every throw. He’s a smart kid. They can do a lot with him in reads and checks and stuff like that. He’s a gifted athlete that can stand in the pocket and do the kind of things that Rutgers does offensively.”