Dellaganna commits to Rutgers

With Joe Radigan becoming such an impressive weapon during his senior year in Piscataway, the Rutgers Football program needed to ensure that this aspect of their special teams play was not to take a step back as the team continues moving forward. As if scripted, this past weekend the #5 P in the nation according to Chris Sailer visited RU, was offered, signed and became the newest Scarlet Knight.

"I flew out early Thursday morning with my father," stated Teddy Dellaganna, the newest member of the Scarlet Knights.

"It was kind of out there that they wanted to offer me but they weren't really sure if there was an additional spot. So I came and they offered Saturday night and I accepted and signed," stated Dellaganna.

Dellaganna comes in highly recommended as the No. 5 Punter in the nation according to Chris Sailer of ChrisSailerkicking.com. At 6-foot-3 and 200-pounds, Dellaganna has the physical size that will remind fans of now departed Senior Joe Radigan. With Radigan's graduation, Dellaganna expects to come in and see the field as early as this fall.

"That's one of the things that we talked about [this weekend]. I basically come in as the starter," stated Dellaganna.

With a hang time of between 4.8-4.9 seconds on the majority of his kicks and often times exceeding 5.0 seconds, Dellaganna's presence may ensure that the punting game remains as potent a weapon for the Scarlet Knights in '07 as it was this past year. Dellaganna, who came on during the latter hal of this past season began attracting attention due to his impressive hang time while netting 43 yards per punt on average.

With Dellaganna on hand for his visit this week, what were his thoughts of his first tour of the New York/New Jersey metro-area?

"We went to New York City and Times Square and ESPN Zone and that place was awesome. That place was crazy, I've never seen so many people."

"I hung out with Jeremy Ito a lot. He is a really cool guy and we talked quite a bit. I had actually known him from before at one of the camps I had attended where he was an instructor."

That camp was run by none other that Chris Sailer, the same kicking event that gave Jeremy Ito his initial boost.

"Chris Sailer helped in getting my name out. Chris is just a great guy and the best teacher out there, he is the best there is. He has tons of great kids at his camps and he's always helping them get better."

And with one apparent swift move, Dellaganna visited Rutgers, received an offer, accepted and signed on to become the 22nd member of the Scarlet Knight class.

"I just loved the place, everything was great. My dad loved it because he played some ball too. He played at Ricks College and he played a year of JUCO. My dad is really excited because Rutgers is such a great academic institution and I have the opportunity to get a Rutgers degree when I leave."

Matei may be reached at mgeorge@rutgersfootball.com


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