The last 12 hours for Wayne (N.J.) Hills athlete Brendan DeVera proved to him that hard work pays off. DeVera devoted the summer of his junior season to a Rutgers scholarship offer. Camp after camp, he competed for an opportunity.
The scholarship offer took a change in offensive philosophy to arrive, but it led to a fast verbal commitment from the projected h-back.
“It's just an awesome feat,” DeVera said on his commitment to Rutgers. “I've been working my hardest and it paid off.”
Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill zoned in on DeVera as his ideal h-back in the offense. Without any scholarship fullbacks on the roster, DeVera sees an opportunity for early Big Ten playing time.
“Rutgers is Big Ten football,” he said. “We get to play against the best. I have the best opportunity to show my talents and coach Kill told me I literally have to screw up to not start as a true freshman. That's why I'm so fired up.”
DeVera flipped his commitment from Delaware, where he acknowledged the Blue Hens as a rising program. The chance for Big Ten football in his home state, however, changed the game.
"It's awesome just to have any school show love in you, so I want to thank all of those schools that never gave up in me and had belief,” he said. “It's awesome my home college had faith in me.”
For more on DeVera's background and how he earned a scholarship offer, CLICK HERE.