Will Gilkison and Joe Henley had waited for this moment for more than a year.
The former Red Bank High School teammates met at the Hale Center around 11 a.m. Monday.
Bobby Erhardt, Rutgers Director of Football Operations, was the first to greet them as they reported.
Freshman geared up as Rutgers' camp begins
Coach Greg Schiano continues to do an outstanding job convincing players with size and speed, the two key ingredients Rutgers football has lacked in recent years, to play for the Scarlet Knights.
Mike Fladell, a 6-foot-8, 350-pound offensive lineman from John Adams High School in Ozone Park, N.Y., has made an oral commitment to play for Schiano, Fladell's mother, Madeline, said Monday night.
Scarlet Knights add another recruit
Ron Green, a junior college All-American offensive lineman from Linden, is not expected to see action for the Rutgers football team this fall and will likely redshirt, head coach Greg Schiano said Monday.
Green, a 6-foot-6, 320-pound junior, was not at Rutgers on Monday, the first day freshmen and newcomers could report.
There's a good chance Green would not be eligible to play this season because of what Schiano called "an academic issue" involving his transfer credits from Dixie State Junior College in Utah
Green expected to redshirt
There never was any debate.
If Berkeley Hutchinson didn't clean his room, he couldn't go out with his friends. If he didn't do the dishes, he couldn't play football. Lisa Bell figured since she was Berkeley's mom, she got to make the rules.
Even if football coaches started coming to her house.
"They'd be here, begging me to let him play," Bell said, chuckling at the memory. "It got to where they would tell Berkeley, 'Make sure you take out the trash,' so he could play."
Rutgers frosh will sit and learn
The Rutgers University football team media guide doesn't boast the slogan, "It's Time," as was the case during the first season of the Greg Schiano era.
But as the team opens camp for the 2002 campaign Tuesday, senior tight end L.J. Smith knows his time is now.
"Everybody believes we can get this done," Smith said last week at the Big East Conference media day. "I've seen the strides this program is making, so I think we can make some noise this year."
There's reason for hope
Along one of South Florida's busiest highways, a skip away from Miami International Airport, a billboard rose into the sky, wishing everyone who glanced up "Season's Greetings."
From Rutgers football.
The wacky ploy, featuring Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and ersatz mobster Tony Soprano - aka James Gandolfini - made headlines everywhere. But when Luis Rivas saw the billboard, he said, "Hey, that's my coach."
He wasn't the only one.
Schiano's Florida seeds sprout at Rutgers
The gathering storm arrived as scheduled here yesterday, bringing hope the end of the prolonged drought might be in sight. By the way, the weather also was foreboding.
The storm Rutgers football fans pray will end the program's losing ways comes in the form of a gusher of young talent, new blood that is being counted upon to change the climate of Big East competition. Greg Schiano's first class was the start of that influx and yesterday his second group of newcomers officially reported and joined the ranks of Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers hopes for infusion
At Rutgers, you measure progress in baby steps.
Step 1 last year: The Knights didn't have to forfeit to anyone. They lost those nine games fair and square.
Step 2 this year would be getting a third win. A fourth victory would be cause for celebration.
Things were just that low when Greg Schiano took over at Rutgers last season. Good thing he's the youngest coach in Division I-A college football, because this rebuilding project is going to take time.
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Pedigree: son of NFL and college hall of fame tight end Kellen Winslow Sr.
Position: Tight end, replacing All-American Jeremy Shockey.
Size: 6-feet-5, 233.
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