Busy Rutgers Week for Top New Jersey DE Mike Tverdov

Union (N.J.) three-star defensive end Mike Tverdov visited Rutgers twice in the last week and camped Wednesday in front of coach Chris Ash and the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff at Fairleigh Dickinson.

Saturday was chemistry, Wednesday was coaching and Friday was about academics in a three-pronged visit week for Union (N.J.) three-star defensive end Mike Tverdov.

The state's top defensive end twice visited Rutgers this week and also participated in an off-site camp at Fairleigh Dickinson. Academics represented the most important and most recent visit for Tverdov.

“[Today's visit] went great,” Tverdov said. “I met with the dean of the usiness school, the academic adviser and I toured all the campuses and dorms.”

Tverdov took a deeper look at the Rutgers academic opportunities, where his older brother Pete Tverdov studied and played under Greg Schiano. He visited campus Friday with his mother.

Academic advisers, professors and information about the business school and marketing program played a role in the visit.

“[Acadmics] are huge because that's something that you're going to carry with you for the rest of your life,” Tverdov said. “No matter what, Rutgers has good academics. That's important to me. It's great that they care about their players and support them off the field.”

Tverdov was one of the top defensive linemen in action at the Tri-State Showcase in Madison, N.J. Wednesday with time alongside Ohio State assistant Larry Johnson as a highlight.

“It's great when you have a guy with that much experience regardless of if they're interested in you,” Tverdove said. “That guy teaches you something, and you have to take it. There were a ton of great coaches, coach [Elijah] Robinson from Temple, coach [Jim] Panagos from Pittsburgh, coach [Shane] Burnham. I'm happy to see all of those guys.”

The camp ended with a conversation between Tverdov and head coach Chris Ash. He also spoke with multiple assistants and athletic director Pat Hobbs.

“[Ash] was just telling me about how glad he was that I made it to camp,” Tverdov said. “He evaluated me during drills and 1-on-1s and just kept telling me how happy he was that I was here working and competing. Overall, I had a great time. I learned a lot. I got better as a football player, and there were a lot of eyes on me and a lot of opportunities.”


Friday's visit marked the 2017 defensive end's third interaction with Rutgers in six days. Before Tverdov camped Wednesday, he visited unofficially on Saturday to spend time with defensive lineman Kevin Wilkins and other players.

“Kevin's a great guy,” said Tverdov, who spent more than 12 hours with Rutgers this week. “I really just had a great time hanging out with him and the other guys. I can see they love each other but at the same time, they're going to push you and push each other. They've told me personally that they're the tightest group on that team and I believe it from seeing them.”

Tverdov said to expect a final five schools soon.

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