Nothing could stop Tom Koprowski’s when it came to a post-high school career at Rutgers. A 6-foot, 170-pound receiver with scholarship opportunities elsewhere, Koprowski only saw red.
The Paramus (N.J.) Catholic receiver from Totowa, N.J., wanted to go to Rutgers and the new coaching staff made it happen.
“It’s been a dream of mine as long as I can remember,” Koprowksi said after his commitment. “I went to their camp my sophomore year and I fell in love with it. It’s been a plan of mine to, however I can, get on the field there and make an impact. I’m a Jersey boy so it means a lot. … I love Rutgers. I always have.”
Koprsowki committed to Rutgers as a preferred walk-on to play slot receiver for the Scarlet Knights. Based on information from former teammate Najee Clayton, he is ready for hard work and progress.
“Coach Ash is really turning the program around,” Koprowski said. “I’ve heard nothing but great things from everybody in the program. … Clayton is a big influence, and he loves the coaches and he loves the program. He said coach Ash is really moving the whole entire program to a new level.”
Koprowski had better financial opportunities that Rutgers with scholarship opportunities at Dayton, Stetson and Colgate. But the pull of the Big Ten and a Garden State program was far stronger.
“My heart wasn’t really in it and I knew where I wanted to be,” he said. “I got in touch with [Rutgers assistant Zak] Kuhr and he talked to me about a preferred walk-on possibility. I explored that option and I took a visit today and fell in love with it. Now I’m committed.”
Koprowski is well aware of the challenge he faces as a walk on. Koproswki, however, is used to challenges. A transfer into Paramus Catholic as a junior, he played out of position and through injuries during his career with the Paladins. Koproswki caught 27 passes for 400 yards and a touchdown as a senior.
“I’ve been working my whole life,” he said. “It’s nothing new to me. I enjoy challenges, and I think, at Rutgers, I can show how much it means for me to play there and separate myself to get on the field. … I just want them to know that I’m going to give it my all no matter what.”