Damaso Munoz, (DB/LB, 6'0"-200lbs, 4.45 forty) from Miami Southridge High in Miami, became the second commitment to the 2004 Rutgers recruiting class. He ended his recruitment by giving Coach Schiano his commitment on Thursday, June 10th. Last season, Munoz had 1 INT for a touchdown, 88 tackles, 8 sacks, and 1 forced fumble. His efforts aided Miami Southridge High in reaching the second round of the playoffs and a 11-2 record. He is no stranger to the weight room. He bench-presses 325lbs and squats 445lbs. He also had interest from Auburn, Pitt, and Central Florida.
We had an opportunity to talk to the latest Rutgers commitment - Damaso Munoz:
Why did you decide to
commit to Rutgers?
"Coach Schiano is a players' coach and he coached for national championship teams. I would like to play for the national championship and I believe in Coach Schiano". He really liked the whole staff especially Coach Chris Demarest, Rutgers' defensive back coach. Munoz stated that Coach Demarest is "really amped and someone that you can talk to. He really pushed the basics and fundamentals of the game." The fact that he has family in New Jersey was also another factor in his decision.
What did you think of
the Rutgers Camp in Florida?
He loved the way it was run. A special small detail was the Nike jersey that was provided for each participant. He also stated that the competition was good with a lot of named players to compete against.
What were some of your
highlights from the camp?
During the camp, Munoz played LB and SS. In the one-on-one sessions, he registered 1 Int and a few pass breakups. He was also timed at 4.45 in the forty and 4.56 in the shuttle.
Was there anyone else
that is expressing a lot of interest in Rutgers?
He stated that his teammate Reggie McNeil (FS, 6'1"-180lbs). McNeil also has an offer from Auburn with interest from a number of other schools.
Which other sports do
Munoz is one of the best wrestlers in the state of Florida. In the 160lbs classification, he finished second in the state of Florida with a record of 34-1. As a wrestler, he attracted interest from Penn State, Army, Navy, and Hostra.
How are you able to hold your
weight at 160lbs during wrestling, while maintaining your weight for football?
Munoz stated that he drops down to 160lbs for wrestling by mainly eating salads and a lot of water. Losing the weight is the hard part, gaining the weight back is very easy. Since he is naturally around 200lbs, he is able to gain it back in a few days.
What position will you
play at Rutgers?
He stated that Rutgers would like to play him at weakside LB. The coaches stated he would need to put on some weight to play the position. He is aiming for 215lbs or 220lbs. He is already starting to make plans to gain the weight by either not wrestling next year and focus on football or wrestle at 215lbs.
Will you be talking to other
prospects about Rutgers?
Yes, I will be talking to Reggie McNeil (FS, 6'1"-180lbs) and Cliff McCray (OG, 6'2"-295lbs). McNeil has been offered a scholarship while McCray is still waiting for a Rutgers offer but Munoz stated that McCray has an offer from Florida. McNeil has an offer from Auburn.
What would you like to
major in at Rutgers?
He would like to major in Business Management. In the future, he would like to open up his own restaurant.
He will be attending the Rutgers camp on June 27th.
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