May 19, 2008

Big commit for Rutgers

The Scarlet Knights picked up a big commitment on Monday. A local defensive linemen decided that it was time to end the recruiting process and follow his heart.

Defensive end Andre Civil, a 6-foot-4, 239-pound prospect from Brooklyn (N.Y.) Sheepshead Bay turned down offers from Clemson, UConn, Georgia Tech and Syracuse, opting to play for the Scarlet Knights.

"Yes, I committed," Civil affirmed. "Mainly my mother and father like the presence of the school, being so close to home. The coaches played a big role in it too. Every guy on the staff is real and I can relate to them.

"I talked to them and told them, and they told me they were excited and that it was good to add another bookend. They didn't talk too much about playing time or anything, they just said it was good to add me."

So is he a solid verbal or will he continue to look around?

"Really, I believe it ends it," he said. "To me, I know where my heart is at. There's no need to go around the country wasting time and money on things like unofficial visits when I know where I want to be."

Georgia Tech was the first school to offer Civil back in July, and the offers have continued to flow in since then.

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