Brian Roche shook the Rutgers Football world when he pledged to the Rutgers Scarlet Knights only days after visiting the mighty Miami Hurricanes. Fans were overjoyed at the recent RU fortunes, and when Roche sent this site a message to post to the fans, Rutgers posters from all around the Internet dropped by to thank the future Knight.
"Our entire team went," stated Roche about his visit this past Saturday. "We got there pretty late though. We walked in right after Brian Leonard's run when the crowd got really loud. I was really happy about the performance, with the entire team's play, and the crowd, and the television exposure."
"It was a crazy game. A lot of people didn't expect them to win. A lot of people were just saying 'they'll blow it, it's Rutgers'. I was hoping they were going to win and some guys were really surprised."
Ever since Roche's commitment to Rutgers he has been hearing it from teammates, neighbors, friends, almost anyone that wanted to voice their opinion: "Why would you choose Rutgers they kept saying ... you could have gone anywhere, but why there?"
"I think their performance brought a lot of attention and people realized they could play."
A very important and redeeming quality that Roche enjoyed while watching the game was the fan support. "It's very important to have fans. That was one of the things that was a question when I decided to come here." It's safe to say, and Roche now knows this along with most other Rutgers fans, that the students, the community, and the alumni are all ready to jump on the bandwagon.
"It was easy, when I finally decided to come to Rutgers. I wanted to be the first or among the first, and I wanted to bring people with me. The main part for committing early was to get the ball rolling and bring others along." Scarlet Knight fans should be fully aware that Roche is keeping busy chirping in anyone's ear, that wants to listen, about Rutgers. And after the teams recent performance, Roche says people may be more willing to listen now, than ever.
Roches' Don Bosco Prep team, full of high expectations coming into this year, travels to Long Island for their first game this Friday.
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