Rutgers is bringing in some home-grown talent to their coaching staff this year as NJ.com reports that Rutgers has hired Bergen Catholic High School’s head coach Nunzio Campanile.

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.

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There’s an old saying in sports fandom; “If you’re a fan of a winning team, you’re a fan of the winning. If you’re a fan of the losing team, then you’re a fan of the team.” And as an NYCFC, Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rutgers fan, I might as well have that quote tattooed on my back in big bold letters. Winning is not a sports culture I’m familiar with. I haven’t felt the sensation of seeing my team hoist a championship, make a deep playoff run, or even just qualify for a playoff spot since I became a sports fan eight years ago. I’ve felt disappointment, heartbreak, frustration, and even fits of rage cheering for these teams (special shout out to the Knicks for that last one). But I can say with pride that my faith in these teams hasn’t wavered through the years, and it never will! No matter how hard I try.
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Content Creator at Armchair Rutgers The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
There’s an old saying in sports fandom; “If you’re a fan of a winning team, you’re a fan of the winning. If you’re a fan of the losing team, then you’re a fan of the team.” And as an NYCFC, Mets, Jets, Knicks, and Rutgers fan, I might as well have that quote tattooed on my back in big bold letters. Winning is not a sports culture I’m familiar with. I haven’t felt the sensation of seeing my team hoist a championship, make a deep playoff run, or even just qualify for a playoff spot since I became a sports fan eight years ago. I’ve felt disappointment, heartbreak, frustration, and even fits of rage cheering for these teams (special shout out to the Knicks for that last one). But I can say with pride that my faith in these teams hasn’t wavered through the years, and it never will! No matter how hard I try.

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