Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

State of Flux

Newspaper article The Record (Bergen County, NJ)

State of Flux

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There were two fascinating things about Greg Schiano's departure from Rutgers: one, no one saw it coming, and two, it was amazing how fast other colleges contacted several of North Jersey's top recruits.

Don Bosco coach Greg Toal was waiting for Schiano and sitting with several Rutgers assistant coaches Thursday in Piscataway when the news came out about Schiano leaving for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

"The [coaches] had no idea," Toal said. "They were white. They looked like they had seen a ghost. I was in shock. I don't think anyone knew about this. It was top secret."

Ironmen wide receiver Leonte Carroo had given a verbal commitment to Rutgers on July 4 and had taken a visit this past weekend. As soon as the news came out, he took to Twitter expressing his disappointment -- "got a lot on my mind," he wrote.

Don Bosco defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, one of the prize recruits in New Jersey, had narrowed his list down to Rutgers, Cal and Florida and was set to announce on Tuesday with the Scarlet Knights rumored as the favorite. Now, Toal said Carroo and Hamilton will visit Miami this weekend.

"They are going to wait and see the next couple of days," Toal said. "It doesn't mean they are not going to go to Rutgers, or to Miami, they just want to know more before Signing Day."

Toal also said he was not interested in the Scarlet Knights job - - "I don't want it," he said.

Old Tappan senior quarterback Devin Fuller was visiting Arizona earlier this week. Rutgers was listed as one of his five finalists. Attempts to reach him were unsuccessful.

Before the news of Schiano's departure was even official, coaches from Connecticut and Boston College were in Saddle Brook to talk to Falcons standout running back Steve Longa.

Like Carroo, Longa gave a verbal commitment to Rutgers over the summer. He had spent time with Schiano on Rutgers campus last weekend

"I was blindsided," said Longa. …

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