Rutgers After Another Tverdov

Rutgers offered Union (N.J.) 2017 defensive end Mike Tverdov during its second Big Man Academy event. Tverdov, the younger brother of former starting defensive tackle Pete Tverdov, spoke with Scout about his second offer.

Mike Tverdov was in elementary school when older brother Pete Tverdov’s workmanlike performance at defensive tackle won over many Rutgers fans in the height of the Greg Schiano era.

The younger Tverdov now gets his opportunity in the spotlight after a stellar Big Man Academy showing Friday night at Rutgers.

Tverdov earned his second verbal scholarship offer, and it came from head coach Kyle Flood with mom and brother alongside him.

“I’m very excited,” Tverdov said. “Ever since I was a kid watching my brother play, I’ve always had dreams about playing for Rutgers myself. Now they’ve given me this opportunity. It puts me in awe. I don’t know what to say. I’m so grateful.”

To Tverdov, a Rutgers offer provided a source of pride.

“A lot of guys don’t have the Jersey pride and will say ‘oh Rutgers is just another offer,’” he said. “I don’t see it like that. It’s a good opportunity. It’s a chance to play for your in-state school. I really appreciate them extending an offer.”

Tverdov enjoyed work alongside defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who is from East Islip, N.Y.

“Coach Panagos likes kids that are mentally tough, so I played hard,” Tverdov said. “I didn’t put my hands on my hips at all. I ran well, I jumped well. I did well in the 1-on-1s and I also learned a lot. I liked working with coach Panagos a lot. He’s all about hands and hips. I could see him coaching me.”

The 6-foot-3, 225-pound defensive end picked up his first offer from Temple at the beginning of the camp season.

“I’m more happy for my mom because now she won’t pay for my education,” he said. “My brother and I have been training together for years. Now it’s starting to really pay off. It’s humbling. My brother has been a big help, and he was definitely excited for me.”

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