Kivlehan Commits to Rutgers

Patrick Kivlehan and Ron Girault: seems like déjà vu all over again. Patrick Kivlehan has signed his national letter of intent with Rutgers. The Safety prospect is a late addition to the 2008 class and his circumstances remind us so much of Ron Girault's recruitment four year's ago.

Ron Girault was a two star prospect out of St. Joseph's Regional H.S. in Montvale NJ four years ago. He was an All-State player his Senior Year. He was a great H.S. football player by every measure. Some may have considered him too slow to garner a Division-I offer. Girault was set to sign with Div I-AA Penn until Signing Day rolled around. Rutgers, fortunately missed out on the guy they targeted: Anthony Campbell, a sub 4.4 athlete out of Hialeah, Florida. Girault ended getting that coveted late offer and signe with Rutgers. And all he did was become a 4-year starter at Rutgers and becoming a fixture on what was to become a nationally ranked defense.

Landing Girault the way they did was a blessing for the still budding Scarlet Knights program.

Patrick Kivlehan's circumstances seem acutely similar. Kivlehan is a two prospect by way of St. Joseph's Regional H.S. in Montvale, NJ. He was an All-State player during his Senior Year in H.S. He was arguably the best pure football player in Northern NJ this year. But he was considered by many pundits to be a Division I-AA player. Kivlehan visited Rutgers and waited to see if some other more coveted players passed on the State University of New Jersey. The guy we feel Rutgers was waiting on and missed on was George Baker, a sub 4.4 athlete out of Hialeah, Florida.

Sound familiar yet?

Baker ended up signing with USF. And Kivlehan got that coveted Division I offer to Rutgers and jumped at the opportunity. As Yogi Berra said, this is Déjà vu all over again.

Kivlehan may not get the early playing time Girault did due to the increase in the talent base currently at Rutgers. Simply put, Kivlehan may wait and adapt to the colege surroundings. But make no mistake about it, this kid will be a player at Rutgers.

Patrick Kivlehan Sr, Pat's father spoke to SOR about the recruiting process. "I am very happy about Patrick going to Rutgers. We ended up going to New Hampshire in December. We then went to Rutgers on the 25th of January and truly loved it there. We spoke to Coach Schiano and he was very straight with us. He said there are some guys on the board that they are waiting on. But he told us that in his heart he could play here. He did not have a scholarship for us then, but if he did he would get back to us. He told Patrick that he had a good feeling about him. We then went the following week to Rhode Island, and we loved it up there. Plus we had created such a relationship with Coach Rizzi that we were going to end up going to URI. But then we got the call last night from Coach Schiano and he told us he had that 'ship. We thought about it for a bit, and we feel blessed that he is heading to Rutgers," said Mr. Kivlehan.

Kivlehan Sr. also discussed his son~'s lack of recruitment. "There are so many people in Northern NJ who think that he is a Division I player. He was very good this year. Coach Karcich was even at a loss for why he was not getting recruited. But when we told them Rutgers came through, he was ecstatic. He thinks he will have a lot of success at Rutgers, just as kids like Ron Girault and the McCourty twins have. This is a great fit for him and we could possibly not have been happier. He loves it at Rutgers. We love it there."

Kivlehan is currently measuring 6-foot and 1 and ½ inches and weighs 205 pounds. "He keeps on getting bigger and growing into his body. He works out hard. He is a dedicated kid. He is working out with a personal trainer now. He will also play baseball in the spring. Hopefully, like Girualt, he'll get to play early over there," concluded Mr. Kivlehan.

Fans should not be surprised if history should repeat itself, as it often does, and this two star prospect turns into a big hit.

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