Betim Bujari Becomes First 2010 Commitment

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers 2010 recruiting class just grew physically and dynamically, as offensive lineman Betim Bujari became the first member.

The 6-foot-4 290-pound Secaucus High School junior orally committed after he visited several times and loved the campus.

"Rutgers was my first camp that I went to," Bujari said in a phone interview. "I went there and fell in love with it. My family loved it. It's close to home and I wouldn't be anywhere else."

Bujari said he has attended all but one Rutgers home game this season and planned to attend Saturday's contest against Syracuse (2-6, 1-3 Big East).

Although Rutgers (3-5, 2-2 Big East) struggled in the early going, Bujari never faltered in his decision and maintained confidence in the Scarlet Knights.

"I knew they were going to bounce back," Bujari said. "It wasn't like they didn't have the talent. I knew they could win."

Outside of Rutgers, Bujari said only Boston College contacted him with letters in the mail about recruitment.

He still liked his chances to compete at the collegiate level.

"I know I have what it takes to play D-I," Bujari said. "I had a chance to show them at the Rutgers Camp what I'm about."

Then again Bujari preferred the underdog role.

"I love going in as the underdog," Bujari said. "I love competing with people that are bigger than me. That's one thing I love."

After playing center for two years, Bujari has rotated between guard and tackle for Secaucus High. He still favored snapping the ball.

"I know I can play them all," he said. "I play the D-line also. Center is the best spot for me. I have the most experience at it."

If Rutgers decided to shift Bujari to defensive line, he would not mind the transition. "I love defense," he said. "If I can play defense, I would love that."

When asked which defensive position suited him best, Bujari quickly responded, "Nose guard," which ranks as arguably the most difficult spot on the line.

Bujari represents the first recruit for 2010. He credits his family for the timely decision.

"My family, we've been talking about it for a while, since camp," Bujari said. "I wanted also to be one of the first of the class of 2010. We feel like there's nothing to wait for."

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