Excited To Be A Part Of Knights' Class

Three-star defensive lineman Andre Civil committed to Rutgers in May and StateofRutgers.com had a chance to catch up with him and see how he's doing.

Hailing from Brooklyn, N.Y., Andre Civil said the biggest factors in him committing to Rutgers were the location of the school, and the fact that they are a program on the upswing.

"Location - their just an hour and a half away," he said. "My mom and dad appreciate coach Schiano and the coaching staff because their like family. There an upcoming program."

The Civil family is a big fan of head coach Greg Schiano, and being a defensive lineman himself, Civil liked Schiano's background with that side of the ball.

"He's a head coach that's a defensive coordinator, and I play the defensive side of the ball, so it's good to have that relationship with him," he said. "He's a tough guy that's going to stick it out and fight."

The whole fact that Civil had one of his dreams of getting the opportunity to play college football come true has sunk in with him.

"It's an amazing thing to work hard and get your college education paid for," "It's a great thing."

This year the Knights have struggled losing five of their first six games, but Civil said that has no effect on him because they play in a tough BCS conference.

"When you're in a tough conference like the Big East, you're not going to win every year," he said. "They will pick it up next year."

Currently, Sheepshead Bay High School is 4-2 and with college ball just a year away, Civil said he wants to focus on improving his speed because of how the college football has evolved into a game built on speed.

"Just speed," he said. "In college I'm going to get bigger and stronger, but speed is what kills."

The 2009 recruiting class is expected to be one of the best in school history and Civil sees this incoming class has a talented group that could help continue to send Rutgers in the right direction.

"Definitely with Tom Savage as the QB," "I'm pretty excited because there's some big lineman coming in so I'll have some good competition to go up against at practice."

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