The fastest path to playing time for Venesky is at a center position with questionable depth this training camp. He committed to Rutgers knowing that his future lay at center, and he holds himself to a high standard.
“My belief is to set goals as high as you can,” Venesky said. “Build on those and set higher ones. I put in mind that I want to start and everything and I’ll work toward that. It doesn’t always happen, but you’re still better off with high goals. I need to get my weight up and my strength up.”
The biggest challenge for Venesky this summer comes in his transition to center. Rutgers has only Derrick Nelson as a true center with other options including Dorian Miller, Chris Muller and Marcus Applefield.
“Moving to a new position is a challenge,” he said. “I played tackle my whole high school career, so center is different. I’m excited to change it up though. I take about 100 snaps at least every day, so I’m working on my steps and working hard at it. I can’t wait to get started.”
Venesky missed his official visit before Signing Day because of other responsibilities. He, instead, took one with his family during the weekend of the Rutgers spring game.
“I was committed to Rutgers for so long and felt so comfortable with my decision that an official visit really didn’t matter to me,” Venesky said. “I just wanted to enjoy some time with the coaches. It was fun. The coaches were joking around that it was the latest official visit in the history of coaching.”
Venesky faces two major milestones before he enrolls at Rutgers in the end of June. First, he graduates from high school.
“I had fun playing football in high school, and you can’t really beat that with all of the friends you make,” Venesky said. “You really become a family, but I’m excited to move on to the next level in college and make a name for myself. I’m coming in with the mindset that I’m going to make an impact as soon as I get there.”
The second comes the day before he enrolls when Venesky joins future teammates Jonah Jackson and Ron’Dell Carter in the Big 33 All-Star Game at Hershey Park.
“I’m going to represent Rutgers well,” he said. “There’s always some Penn State kids in there too, so I told coach Flood that I’m ready to mix it up. They’ll remember us for the next for years.”