Bridgewater (N.J.) Raritan offensive lineman Zachary Miseo may pay his own way to Rutgers as a preferred walk-on, but the differences between him and the rest of the 2017 class stops there.
Rutgers, specifically offensive line coach AJ Blazek, prioritized Miseo as a big man in the class. Rutgers hosted Miseo on an official visit this weekend, ending in a Sunday commitment.
“It was a big deal that they were heavily recruiting me with the home visit and the official visit,” Miseo said. “It's a big deal.”
Part of Miseo's visit to campus included a trip to Madison Square Garden. Miseo sat with other recruits and coaches in the third row of an overtime battle between the Scarlet Knights and No. 15 Wisconsin.
Miseo announced his commitment Sunday night.
“Overall, I'm just happy to be in a place where I feel like the coaches want me. I feel like I can thrive with all of the opportunities. … Rutgers has always been a big thing for me because of the people around here that have supported me this whole time. They'll be there to support me at Rutgers, too. Rutgers has always been something cool to me. New Jersey has one big team, not three or four like other states, and Rutgers is the one.”
Miseo described his relationship with his future position coach as “excellent.”
“I like coach Blazek a lot,” he said. “He's very energetic and very passionate. He's going to push me harder than anyone. He's not going to let anyone slow me down.”
Bridgewater-Raritan holds two preferred walk-on commitments in the 2017 class. Miseo joins kicker Justin Davidoviscz.
“Me and Justin talked a lot but we agreed that we would each make our own decisions,” Miseo said. “It happened to be the same school. It's a great feeling to play with him for another four years. … Is it cool to be going to college with him? Of course, definitely. But I picked Rutgers for my own reasons.”
After a red-shirt season, Miseo a fair opportunity to compete for time as an interior offensive lineman.
“I'm still 17 and I don't turn 18 until July,” he said. “I'm going to red-shirt and progress and really get in that strength and conditioning program. Hopefully I can compete for a spot my second or third year.”