FOOTBALL: De La Salle's Rescigno making a name for himself, exploding out of Morris' shadow |
WARREN – Out of the shadows and on to center stage.
After spending much of his prep football career playing behind current University of Michigan quarterback, Shane Morris,Warren De La Salle's Giovanni Rescigno has stepped into the limelight.
The Pilots' senior signal-caller is fast establishing himself one of the state’s top field generals in only his first year as a full-time starter.
Rescigno, who saw time last season as Morris's back-up when the All-American went down with mono, is now the face of the De La Salle offense.
And my what a gorgeous face it's been.
Able to beat defenders with his arm and his feet, the savvy and broad-shouldered 6-foot-4 Rescigno, is beginning to get noticed by college recruiters for his wide array of skills on the gridiron.
“I did a lot of position work in the offseason and worked with the same quarterback coach that Shane (Morris) used in high school,” he said. “My receivers and I put in a lot of time, too, coming out and running routes and throwing. They helped me improve. We got better every day."
De La Salle head coach Paul Verska said that Rescigno has what it takes to find major success under center, adding that in almost any other situation, he would have been the starting quarterback for the Pilots since his sophomore campaign.
“Giovanni is probably the best quarterback that I’ve ever had that never had a chance until the last year and a half,” he said. “If Shane wasn’t here, he would have been my starter for three years. I think he’s the best quarterback in the league, he’s got all the tools and he’s got a good head on his shoulders. He works hard at his craft.”
Last season, Rescigno made an impressive debut as he stepped in for Morris against mighty Novi Detroit Catholic Central on the road and totaled over 300 yards of offense while completing 17-of-22 passes in the Pilots near-upset of the Shamrocks in overtime.
“Well, we lost 31-30 and he went over 200 yards passing and another hundred running,” Verska said of Rescigno’s first start. “So he showed us he could do it pretty fast.”
De La Salle finished with a 5-4 record in 2012 and is off to a 2-2 start this fall.
Rescigno's personal play has piqued the interest of several Division 1 colleges, including the likes of LSU and Virginia Tech.
He notes that him and skill-position players continue to gel and improve with every practice.
“The chemistry is great,” he said. “We worked really hard in the offseason, ran a lot of routes and got out timing down. We're getting better every time we come out here and it should keep getting better as the season goes on.”
Verska thinks Rescigno has a considerable upside and recognizes the growing bond he and his receivers are building.
“The ability Gio has to understand defenses has gotten progressively better," he said. "He knows not to hold on to the ball and to throw the ball on time and shows confidence in his receivers,” he said. “On the timing routes, you have to trust that your receivers are going to be there and they’ve developed a pretty good connection. I think he's only scratching the surface of his talents”
In the Pilots' Week 4 clash with two-time defending state champion Birmingham Brother Rice, Rescigno was the most dynamic player on the field, combining for over 300 yards from scrimmage in a dramatic and controversial 26-24 defeat that came on a Brother Rice Hail Mary as time expired.
A three-sport athlete, Rescigno also plays basketball and baseball for De La Salle.Tweet