Archbishop Wood offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiacono expected to commit to Rutgers

By Rick O'Brien

INQUIRER STAFF WRITER

Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano and his staff are beginning to construct a rock-solid pipeline from North Jersey to Warminster.

First, Archbishop Wood running back-kick returner Desmon[CQ] Peoples orally committed to the Scarlet Knights. Now, Vikings teammate and up-and-coming offensive lineman Brandon Arcidiacono is set to join the fold.

Wednesday, in a 3 p.m. press conference at Wood's library media center, the 6-foot-5, 250-pound Arcidiacono, the No. 7-ranked center in the country in the Class of 2012 by Rivals.com, will commit to Rutgers, according to sources.

Arcidiacono, who doubles as a defensive tackle, attended a junior day at Rutgers last month. With 15 scholarship offers, the list of finalists also included Boston College, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, South Carolina, and Villanova.

Last season, while helping the Vikings notch a 13-1 record and advance to the PIAA Class AAA state semifinals, Arcidiacono earned Inquirer second-time all-Southeastern Pennsylvania honors. The Holland resident was a first-team all-Catholic selection.

Arcidiacono is the fifth member of Wood's Class of 2012 to commit to a Division I program. In addition to Desmon Peoples, also bound for the top level are tight end Colin Thompson (Florida), offensive tackle Frank Taylor (Boston College), and running back Brandon Peoples (Temple).

Arcidiacono's brother, Mark, starred as an offensive lineman at St. Joseph's Prep (Class of 2009) and is now a 6-4, 285-pound sophomore guard at Penn State.

Contact staff writer Rick O'Brien at 610-313-8019, robrien@phillynews.com or @ozoneinq on Twitter.

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