Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep 2017 offensive lineman Liam Fornadel is off to a strong start both as a starting left guard and in recruiting.
Fornadel picked up a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers earlier this year, and has interest from Penn State following an unofficial visit to State College.
“Recruiting has been great,” Fornadel said after a 35-0 victory over Wayne (N.J.) Passaic Tech. “I’ve got a Rutgers offer so far, but I’ve talked to some other schools as well. I went to visit Penn State and also Rutgers this season. Penn State was awesome. They played Army. I thought it was a great environment. It was great to be in Beaver Stadium and just have a game that was fun to watch.”
Fornadel visited Rutgers two weeks ago in a near-upset bid for the Scarlet Knights against No. 4 Michigan State.
“I liked that they competed, especially against the No. 4 team in the country and to have them kind of on the ropes where they were,” Fornadel said. “It’s unfortunate that they lost, but it was still a great game to watch.
“… The Rutgers coaches are great. I’ve talked to them, and I believe they’re really there to help you out and help you further your career in whatever you decide to choose. The Bosco guys have done a great job there. Leonte [Carroo] and Darius [Hamilton] have had very successful careers at Rutgers.”
Fornadel has another contact at Rutgers in assistant Don Bosco coach Mike Teel, who joined the staff after a stint with his alma mater as a graduate assistant. Teel played quarterback for the Scarlet Knights from 2004-08, whose accolades include two years as a team captain, the first bowl victory in program history and a bowl MVP trophy over Russell Wilson’s N.C. State team in his final game.
“Coach Teel is a great person for us to have,” Fornadel said. “It’s a difference from last year with running the offense, but we’re doing well and I’m learning a lot from him. It’s great to have him for leadership. I can learn a lot from him.”