With Greg Schiano reportedly leaving Rutgers to become head coach of the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers, the move could dramatically impact the Scarlet Knights' 2012 recruiting class.
"I woke up late, looked at my phone, and I saw 15 texts," said Bob Lichtenfels, East regional recruiting manager for Scout.com. "Everyone is stunned."
Four players from Southeastern Pennsylvania have orally commited to play for Rutgers: Archbishop Wood's Desmon Peoples and Brandon Arcidiacono, Pennsbury's J.J. Denman, and Boyertown's Chris Muller.
Peoples, a 5-foot-7, 170-pound running back, and Arcidiacono, a 6-5, 250-pound offensive lineman, helped the Vikings win the PIAA Class AAA state championship last season.
"They were both a little shocked and upset," Wood coach Steve Devlin said. "We're going to sit down with the families tonight, talk about it, and go from there."
According to ESPN.com, Rutgers athletic director Tim Pernetti has appointed offensive line coach Kyle Flood as the school's interim head coach. "That's a good thing," Devlin said. "Brandon loves him."
The 6-6, 310-pound Denman and 6-6, 285-pound Muller are both offensive linemen.
Before this development, according to Lichtenfels, the Scarlet Knights were close to receiving commitments from two North Jersey standouts: Darius Hamilton, a 6-4, 245-pound defensive end from Don Bosco Prep, and Devin Fuller, a 6-0, 185-pound quarterback from Northern Valley Regional at Old Tappan.
Hamilton, a five-star recruit, is the No. 6-ranked defensive end in the Class of 2012 by Scout.com; Fuller, a four-star prospect, is the No. 3-ranked QB.
"[Schiano] did what was in his best interests," Devlin said. "You can't blame him for that."
National signing day is Feb. 1.
ob Lichtenfels, East regional recruiting manager for Scout.com