22 in 22: Jorge Vicioso

ScarletReport.com's "22 in 22" series profiling the incoming members of the 2010 class continues Jorge Vicioso of Passaic (N.J.) High. Vicioso, who is 6-foot-5 1/2, 290 pounds, was a regular visitor to spring practice and he discusses what he learned by watching the offensive line up close. He also addresses the changes in his workouts, and whether or not he is a likely red-shirt candidate.

Jorge Vicioso is a bit unsure about the conditioning drills he will encounter when he enrolls at Rutgers later this month, and he knows his strength needs to improve.

However, one thing Vicioso, a 6-foot5 ½, 290-pound offensive lineman from Passaic (N.J.) High, plans to do is compete hard.

"So many guys told me already that conditioning is the hardest thing ever, so I'm kind of nervous,'' he said. "But I'll be ok.''

He got a few glimpses of the intensity and conditioning levels needed when he attended several spring practices, and during meetings with offensive line coach Kyle Flood. But it also gave Vicioso a better understanding of the what college practices will be like.

"I saw what coach Flood does with the offensive line, some of the calls they have, and the attitude you have to have every day in practice,'' Vicioso said. "I'm going to have a feel for the way coach Flood coaches, and how to do things.''

Since signing day Vicioso has been following the guidelines of Rutgers strength and conditioning program, and he noticed a change in emphasis from his high school regimen.

"It's just a lot more running,'' Vicioso said. "They do a lot more running than what I've done in other seasons.''

Vicioso was a three-year starter at left tackle at Passaic High and did not allow a sack as a senior. He will arrive on campus in time to begin the second summer session June 28, and he will hit the weight room with vigor.

Strength is always an issue for incoming freshmen, and it shows most at the line of scrimmage. Unlike 2010 class members Betim Bujari and Frank Quartucci, both of whom enrolled in January and became immersed in the workout program and learned the offense during spring practice, Vicioso will be trying to learn the offense during the rapid pace of training camp.

Those factors lead Vicioso to believe he may wind up red-shirting.

"I can see myself (red-shirting), but I'm not sure,'' he said. "I don't know if I'm strong enough. I don't know if I'm going to red-shirt or not, but I am looking to come in and compete. Nothing is for sure yet.''

Vicioso said he is entering school expecting to play left tackle, but added "I think they're going to look at everybody at every position.''

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