Noonan Commits to Rutgers

With the Rutgers defensive line taking a major hit due to graduation after this current year, scouring the country for replacements on the defensive side of the ball has been a major focus. The loss of two of the Scarlet Knights' top defensive players, in Ryan Neill and Val Barnaby, has been mitigated as Charlie Noonan, a 6-foot-2 and 255-pound prospect has pledged to Head Coach Greg Schiano and his rising Rutgers program.

Charlie Noonan has considered Rutgers as his favorite for quite some time, but this week the St. Josephs Prep defensive tackle committed to the Scarlet Knights. The Philadelphia, Pa., native decided as he was leaving to tell Greg Schiano he had found a home.

"I committed right before I left, I told coach (Greg) Schiano I wanted to commit," Noonan said. "It was a great trip. Everything was really positive. I got the chance to meet a lot of the players including Kevin Malast my host and I got the chance to talk to the staff. You can tell coach Schiano has the support of the school behind him and everything is in place for them to be successful.

Noonan had several other offers, so what was it about the Scarlet Knights that convinced him to head there?

"The program is on the rise, you can just tell it's a feeling you get being around them. The defense will utilize my skills better then others would. Rutgers wants me to play nose tackle. It's like a family atmosphere there and the coaching staff is great."

Piscataway, N.J. is not far from Philadelphia and that played a major role in Noonan's decision.

"It's only an hour and 45 minutes from home my parents can come see me play. Some of the other schools like Indiana are a lot further from home."

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