From the start of Alex Silvestro's recruitment, the Scarlet Knights had been
among his leaders. Last week, he ended his recruitment with a verbal commitment
to Rutgers. On the StateofRutgers.com New
Jersey preseason rankings, Silvestro was ranked the 11th best player in
New Jersey . He selected Rutgers over scholarship offers from Tennessee, West Virginia, Iowa, and Minnesota.
For Silvestro, the visit to Rutgers was enough to convince him that he found what he was looking for. He stated "I liked Rutgers the most before the visit but the visit just confirmed my choice. I see how the coaches were on and off the field. I also got to meet some more of the players which was enough for me to make my decision about 2 days after my visit. I called Coach Galiano, who was pretty excited then I called Coach Schiano. He was also pretty happy. As a group of recruits, I would say that Coach Schiano is happy with the guys they (Rutgers) are getting".
Along with the above stated reasons, Silvestro liked the fact Rutgers needed additional defensive ends and the opportunity to compete as a freshmen for playing time. He stated "I would like to go in there and try to compete as soon as possible and hopefully start as a freshman".
The fact that Coach Galiano was recruiting him also helped. As Silvestro stated, "having the recruiting coach as my position coach and knowing that he really wanted me to come to Rutgers makes me feel that they could use me".
Silvestro has already started to recruit for Rutgers. During his visit, his roommate was John Elliot. Silvestro stated "he told me if I did commit to call him up. I really did 't know but I heard that he was pretty good so I hope he commits". The obvious question is what did Elliot say? Silvestro stated " he just asked what made me commit. I told him that I liked it the best, he pretty much said that he liked it alot but he wants to take his other four visits".
Silvestro is doing well in wrestling. In a recent tournament, he pinned all five opponents that he faced. Over the last two years, he finished 6th and 4th in the state. He intends on completing his career as the number 1 wrestler in the state.