The Brooklyn native had a strong showing at the Offense-Defense All-American Bowl. Allen Trieu, Midwest Recruiting Analyst described Civil as "a good athlete who impressed me this week. He got into the backfield a lot and in the game, showed ability to run down ball carriers." Civil credits his two sacks and his QB hurries to the tutorial of James Harris, who taught him various techniques. His most effective technique was the speed rush and with an inside move once he setup the offensive tackle.
The opportunity to play against some of the best players in the nation helped to make Civil a better player. Civil learned how to setup a blocker, when to use certain moves and general pass rush techniques. The chance to apply these techniques against some of the best players in the nation only helped to prepare him for Bowl Championship Subdivision play. The two players who provided Civil the best competition was Andre Harris (Auburn verbal) and Jonotthan Harrison (considering FSU and Georgia).
Along with Andre Civil, Abdul Smith was the other Rutgers commitment to participate in the game. The two had the opportunity to hang out and talk about their futures at Rutgers. "We talked about dominating on the defensive side of the ball".
Since he is attempting to obtain January admission to Rutgers, his Rutgers career might begin sooner than some of the other Rutgers commitments. He is awaiting NCAA Clearinghouse approval before he enrolls at the State University of New Jersey. Fellow Brooklyn native and Rutgers commitment Jamal Wilson is also awaiting approval for January adminission.
No matter when Civil arrives on campus, he is interested on making the Scarlet Knights and him better. Therefore, it does not matter to him whether he plays as a true freshman or redshirt or play DE or DT. The most important thing is making the team better and helping the team reach its goal. "With the talent we have in the 2009 class, Rutgers fans can look forward to winning".