Wayne (N.J.) Hills H-Back Brendan DeVera was the lone verbal commitment going into the weekend as a Rutgers visitor. By the time he drove home Sunday afternoon, DeVera had three more members to his 2017 class.
DeVera tasked himself as a recruiter over the weekend. He feels he accomplished the mission.
“I was talking to the two running backs that we're recruiting (Cordarrian Richardson and Raheem Blackshear) all weekend,” DeVera said. “Coach [Jerry] Kill and coach [Chris] Ash wanted me to help get a big recruiting class. We need to turn things around this year. I really think we can make it to a bowl game and sure up some stuff this year. Think about having those types of athletes to get here. I did all I could to pump up Rutgers and pump up the experience. Both are high on our board, so hopefully we get some more commits soon.”
H-Back and fullback roles are not a scholarship-heavy position. DeVera's major role in the offense became clear during two days of meetings with Kill and the offensive staff.
“Coach Kill basically said that Rutgers is putting all of its chips on me,” DeVera said. “I take that as a big compliment. It drives me even more. When he said that I'm their guy right now, I felt I need to be ready. After Signing Day, he's going to hook me up with their iCloud link for film work and route concepts they want me to study.
“They're really banking on my physical ability to play as a true freshman. I'm thankful that they think so highly of me. It drives me to want to be a bigger prospect for them.”
DeVera, whose host was former Don Bosco Prep offensive lineman Mike Maietti, enjoyed time with future teammates. He is between business and criminology as future field for study.
“It's awesome to see the college life and experience it for the weekend,” DeVera said. “I saw what it feels like to be there. On my visit, I saw what college life is like outside football, see different players and what they do over the day. You get to bond with your future teammates.
“... As far as the academics, it's grade A. I can't complain about it. Rutgers is an awesome degree with great support and resources to compete and succeed. I can't wait. I'm looking forward to starting.”
DeVera's Sunday became spectacular when high-school teammate and leading receiver Hunter Hayek announced his verbal commitment to Rutgers.
“It was just an awesome experience in general, going on the visiting, hanging out with the team,” DeVera said. “I loved my time with coaches, family, players. Going to MSG and getting all this different stuff, seeing basketball team play, was great. We got to go to the club and eat at Madison Square Garden. That's awesome. The whole experience has me looking forward to training camp.”