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FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Rescigno headed to the Big Ten, De La Salle QB commits to Rutgers

   | Scott Burnstein

FOOTBALL RECRUITING: Rescigno headed to the Big Ten, De La Salle QB commits to Rutgers

WARREN – Some people work tirelessly for years, often to no avail, to gain the interest of college recruiters.

For Warren De La Salle senior football star, Giovanni Rescigno, it took all of three hours.

Rescigno blasted onto the college-recruiting radar with a one-game effort, throwing for over 300 yards and running for another 100 in De La Salle’s 2012 showdown with Novi Detroit Catholic Central, admirably stepping into quarterback the Pilots in place of Michigan-bound All-American Shane Morris (sidelined with mono).

Since then it’s been more of the same, wowing the scouts and De La Salle fans alike on a near every-game basis.

Over the weekend, the savvy, sturdy and strong-armed Rescigno (6-foot-4, 230 pounds) accepted a scholarship to play field general in the Big Ten, committing to Rutgers University, following a visit.

Being that he was only a full-time starter for a single season in high school, he isn’t a largely-known commodity to the public, someone who was written about by reporters and scouting services at length for several years as a prepster as many of his counterparts.

His stats don't lie though.

A true multi-threat on the gridiron, Rescigno passed for over 1,500 yards and ran for more than 600 yards, scoring a total of 24 touchdowns last season.

Although his highlight-reel antics on the gridiron generated buzz in recruiting circles, Rutgers was the lone Division I college program to offer Rescigno. He was invited for a visit to the Scarlet Knights New Jersey campus last week.

“It’s just the perfect fit, the team, they already feel like family,” he said. “I talked about it with my parents and we decided if we got the offer, we were going to commit on the spot. The longer I was there, the more it grew on me. I can tell it’s a special place.”

Rescigno's commitment fills a slot in Rutgers' 2014 recruiting class vacated by another local star quarterback, Birmingham Detroit Country Day all-stater Tyler Wiegers, who de-committed to the Scarlet Knights last month before pledging his allegiance across the conference to Iowa.

Under second-year head coach, Kyle Flood, Rutgers went 6-7 in 2013, losing to Notre Dame in the New Era Pinstripe Bowl.