A closer look at the newest Rutgers commitment

Chris Dirksz discusses his commitment to the Scarlet Knights and some other Rutgers leans from the Sunshine State.

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Chris Dirksz

Chris Dirksz

Since Greg Schiano became head coach at Rutgers, they have made the South Florida area a priority. The area has produced some of the best college football players in recent memory along with vaulting the three major schools in Florida to perennial powers. Rutgers has tapped this gold mine of talent once again and have obtain the commitment of Chris Dirksz (LB/DE, 6'0"-252lbs, 4.9 forty) from Ives Estates Dr. Michael Krop in Florida. Due to a car accident, he missed all but six games of his junior year. Even with the limited action, the South Florida standout garnered offers from Florida International, Florida Atlantic, Wyoming, and Delaware along with interest from the big three Florida schools.

During one of the Scarlet Knights Florida camps, Dirksz stated that he caught the Rutgers coaches' eyes. This was during his sophomore year. Since that time, Rutgers pursued the multi-position athlete the hardest among Dirksz suitors. He likes the relationship that the Rutgers coaches have with the players. The renovated Rutgers facilities also caught his eye. In fact, he and many of his Florida brethren could not stop talking about the Rutgers weight room and the upgraded facilities. The other 29 Floridians on the Rutgers squad makes him feel at home. He also likes the direction of the program. The improvements to the facilities, the emphasis on recruiting high caliber athletes, and the commitment to success played a big role in his decision. Before the camp, Rutgers was among his leaders. However, the visit far exceeded his expectations. All totaled, he stated it was an easy decision to arrive at. One that he did not expect making when he embarked on his trip but he is happy he did.

The 6'0"-252lbs athlete has the ability to play a number of positions and has done so in high school. He has played LB, TE, FB, and DL. At the Ohio State Camp, they focused on him at LB. Dirksz stated that they were impressed with his pass coverage. Even so, Dirksz recognized that he would play on the defensive line in college; preferably DE. He stated that his work ethnic sets him apart from many of the other players. Some players might be bigger, faster, or stronger but they will not outwork me, stated Dirksz. The work ethic, his skills developed from blitzing the QB, and the quickness needed to perform pass coverage make Dirksz an intriguing prospect on the DL.

Dirksz was not the only one impressed by his time spent at Rutgers. Star running back Antone Smith also came away impressed by his visit and has decided to reserve one of his official visits for the Scarlet Knights. Also Dillard WR, Chris McClover also left the Rutgers campus impressed.


Chris Dirksz preparing to go 1-on-1

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