Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic tight end Korab Idrizi has experience with Rutgers but when he arrived Friday for an official visit, he saw a change.
It was a good change.
Idrizi and Rutgers developed mutual interest after coach Chris Ash accepted the job in December. Meeting Sunday in Ash’s office, Idrizi committed on the spot after he received a scholarship offer.
“I am absolutely ecstatic because I really believe that this program is heading in the right direction and coach Ash is doing everything in his power to make sure that happens. … Coach Ash came in and he’s already changed plenty of things. He does things with honesty and integrity. Everybody he brought in is the perfect fit for Rutgers. They’re going to help this program soar.”
Ash spoke with Idrizi about changes he made in the first six weeks, including improvements in nutrition and a proactive approach to campus life.
“He’s trying to find the best freshman dorms for us, and he’s working his butt off to get everything done,” Idrizi said. “He’s not just sitting back and letting things happen. He’s completely involved.”
Tight end Matt Flanagan hosted Idrizi on his official visit.
“He played under an old staff and a different offense, so he didn’t know what to expect much but he was very helpful in guiding me and telling me what the atmosphere was like,” Idrizi said. “He explained it very well to me. He told me you have to work your butt off. That’s what I’m signing up for. It’s Big Ten football.”
Idrizi expects to work under special teams coordinator Vince Okruch, who will also coach tight ends for Ash.
“I know they have the people in place to help me reach my full potential,” Idrizi said. “The strength coaches want to get me to 255 eventually. I can’t wait because I’m working with the best people.”
Now committed, Idrizi plans to aggressively recruit other North Jersey targets like defensive back K.J. Gray of St. Peter’s Prep. Rutgers struggled in North Jersey in past years, and Idrizi said that changes quickly under Ash.
“Rutgers is doing things the right way,” he said. “I went over there and they showed me that they were going to do things right. They were proactive to getting Rutgers back where it needs to be. That’s at the top of the Big Ten winning championships. I saw that this weekend and I’m going to try to get K.J. on board and a bunch of guys. I’m a recruiter now.”