While teammates entered the 2015 season with plenty of attention, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic senior tight end Korab Idrizi put his head down and went to work.
The 6-foot-4, 225-pounder bloomed late for Bergen Catholic and picked up well-deserved attention because of it.
“Nobody earned it more than he did,” said Bergen Catholic head coach Nunzio Campanile. “He didn’t start the season as a four-star anything. Nobody works harder. He’s an unbelievable competitor. He’s a great athlete. Everybody is really excited for him.”
Idrizi hosted Rutgers coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer before his official visit. They discussed multiple roles within the new offensive scheme and offered him a scholarship Sunday.
Idrizi committed shortly thereafter.
“He’s a tremendous athlete,” Campanile said. “You can line him up all over the place. He can make plays down the field. He’s got great hands. He’s really long. He can go up and get the ball, so he can do so many things. He’s only going to get better because he’s got an unbelievable work ethic. He’s the type of kid that’s never going to stop working. I think he’s got a lot of upside.”
Rutgers adds Idrizi in the summer as the third Bergen Catholic player on the roster alongside receiver John Tsimis and safety Talib Abdur Ra’Oof.
Tsimis and Idrizi compare well heading into college.
“For their positions, they’re very similar type guys,” Campanile said. “Korab is a very intelligent kid. He understands the game. He studies it. He works hard at the route-running part. He understands defenses. He’s got great instincts too, and that’s very similar to John. They’re guys that they’re always going to be open, they catch the ball. John never drops the ball and Korab is very similar. He catches everything.”
Idrizi is the second commitment to Rutgers since Ash took over the program and first scholarship Bergen Catholic player headed to the Scarlet Knights since Tsimis.
“I’m excited about it,” Campanile said. “In my dealings with coach Ash so far, he seems like a great guy. I think he’s working hard to lay a foundation locally. I’m excited for Korab to have the opportunity.”