The college experience is all about trying new things, and that made for an memorable Saturday camp at Rutgers for Wayne (N.J.) Hills quarterback Brendan DeVera.
DeVera's high school career centers around the quarterback position but his skillset could take him elsewhere.
The 6-foot-2, 240-pounder holds multiple offers to play quarterback, but Rutgers is already full at the position. What Rutgers needs is defensive ends and linebackers.
“[Defensive coordinator Jay] Niemann wanted to see me come back and do some rushing off the edge,” DeVera said. “I liked it a lot, especially with the speed that I have coming off the edge. I won a lot of those reps off the edge, and then they had me lock down the running backs in the passing drills. I'm out of position but I like the switch and I'm learning.”
DeVera worked as a hybrid for the Rutgers coaches in camp. He competed in 1-on-1s as both a speed-rusher off the edge and coverage linebacker, including reps against Salem (N.J.) three-star commit Jonathan Taylor.
“The camp was great,” DeVera said. “They brought in competition, and a lot of these guys are high-level kids with offers. Everyone likes to compete, so it's good to have a camp where you go at it. The coaches are very welcome all the way down from coach [Chris] Ash to the D-3 schools. They all came to talk to me.”
DeVera has experience at Rutgers going back to his junior varsity days. He awaits word from the staff about the next step in his recruitment.
“They're going to review their film and keep in touch and hopefully I earn an offer,” DeVera said. “... The school and the campus and coaches make it a warm place. I like it a lot. I always have a good time there ever since my freshman year. It feels like I have a home.”
DeVera added a Stony Brook offer the weekend of Rutgers camp and also holds verbal scholarship offers from Maine, St. Francis, Central Connecticut State, Rhode Island and Monmouth.