Jersey QB heading to Rutgers' Junior Day

The class of 2011 quarterback from the Jersey Shore stands 6-foot-4 and weighs 199 pounds. He said his knowledge of the Rutgers program isn't in-depth, but that will change when he joins 100 or so other prospects on campus during Saturday's Junior Day. Also, he talks about the improvement he made from his sophomore to junior season, and where he would like his game to grow heading in 2010.

The mail is piling up for Barnegat (N.J.) High quarterback Nick SanGiacomo, and he is hoping the offers will be heading in that direction as well.

One of the schools interested in the 6-foot-4, 199-pound class of 2011 three-star player is his home state Rutgers, where he will be Saturday for Junior Day.

"I know the offense (at Rutgers),'' SanGiacomo said. "It's pro-style and I like it.''

Other than that, though, a day of hearing about the Rutgers program, meeting its coaches, learning about the academics and getting an in-depth look at the facilities will be a learning endeavor.

Although he went to Rutgers for the first (Cincinnati) and last games (West Virginia) of the season, he is eager to learn more.

His only offer is from Tulane, but that should change during the offseason camp and evaluation period.

"My coach said it will pick up during the spring,'' SanGiacomo said. "I'm really not sure about (attending camps). I'm probably going to wait and see who offers and then go to camps there.''

SanGiacomo is coming off a personally successful season, although he acknowledged it was a major disappointment to go 4-6 in 2009.

"For me, overall, it was what I planned to do, but as a team it wasn't what we expected,'' he said. "We went 4-6 and we always wanted to undefeated and thought we had the talent to do it, but injuries hurt us a lot.''

He completed 160 of 275 passes for 2,191 yards and 16 touchdowns, and showed improvement in several areas from his sophomore season.

"Arm strength and moving ball down the field, and moving the chains, I felt I improved a lot since last year,'' SanGiacomo said. "I think really everything improved; foot speed, strength, accuracy. I think it all really improved from my sophomore to junior year.''

SanGiacomo said one of his favorite programs growing up was Michigan, for two reasons. First, he dug the maize and blue colors. Second, he enjoyed the Wolverines' pro-style offense, which now suits is abilities.

He is working out five days a week to improve his strength and footwork. He hopes to add 15 to 20 pounds before training camp.

"Last year during the spring I got some of the receivers and we went through some plays and stuff,'' SanGiacomo said. "I would like to do that a lot this year, like to do some 7-on-7 stuff to get ready for the season. It helps with the timing a lot.''

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