Campanile is widely regarded as one of the best head coaches in the country. He has been the author of dynamic and powerful offenses for the Crusaders, helping them break their 13-year championship drought. Campanile was also the mastermind behind the legendary 2009 championship season of Don Bosco Prep, serving as both athletic director and offensive coordinator.
To add to his already impressive resume, Campanile has also been a coach at the Under Armour All-American game over the last few years.
According to Todderick Hunt (NJ.com) a “person with knowledge of the hiring” told Hunt that Campanile is expected to be the team’s running backs coach. No word yet on what will happen to Rutgers’ current running backs coach, Lester Erb.
Many in the media have applauded Chris Ash for the hire; the hire marking a turning point for Rutgers football and recruiting.
Darren Cooper, NorthJersey.com, wrote that “There is no one in the North Jersey football community that Campanile does not know. He will give Scarlet Knights coach Chris Ash a definite edge on which players to bring to Piscataway and which ones to avoid.”
The effect on recruiting
As of late, Rutgers has had terrible luck in trying to attract homegrown talent. While acquisitions like four-star quarterback Artur Sitkowski have shown that some New Jersey recruits want to help build something for their home state college, it is not enough.
“Campanile gives the Scarlet Knights additional credibility when recruiting North Jersey and could get them into doors they previously couldn’t enter,” said NJ.com writer James Kratch about what Campanile brings to the table. “At the end of the day, Rutgers wants to build a top program that wins big and consistently. Campanile has done that throughout his career… The Scarlet Knights can’t go wrong adding a guy who is a proven winner and understands the culture needed to win.”
Campanile is an exciting new factor for the Scarlet Knights. It will be interesting how Campanile plans to turn an 86th ranked rushing offense into to a top tier running attack. A plus for Campanile is a plethora of young talent in Rutgers recruit Isaih Pacheco, along with rising sophomores Raheem Blackshear and Elijah Barnwell.