New Rutgers Assistants Inherit Recruiting Burden
Kyle Flood enters his second season as Rutgers head coach with three new assistants: offensive coordinator Ron Prince, defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson and tight ends/wide receivers coach Anthony Campanile.
Flood’s 2013 staff has been in place for a month, and the three new hires should be making an impact on the recruiting trail, where they show plenty of promise in helping the Scarlet Knights put together their 2014 recruiting class.
A running backs coach at Rutgers in 1999, Wilson returns to New Jersey after coaching at Iowa for the last 11 years. Wilson’s experience in the Big Ten will help Rutgers as it prepares to enter the conference for the 2014 season. On Rutgers’ 2012 roster, 102 of the team’s 105 players were from the East Coast, but the program should be able to cast a wider geographic recruiting net thanks to its future Midwest schedule in the Big Ten. Not only does Wilson know the recruiting landscape in the Big Ten, he knows Rutgers’ backyard; he focused on New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware and part of Texas as a recruiter at Iowa, and he was the head coach at Camden’s Woodrow Wilson High School before jumping to the college ranks.
Rivals.com recognized Wilson’s recruiting efforts in February 2011, naming him one of the nation’s top 25 recruiters. Wilson’s success recruiting East Coast athletes to Iowa bodes well for the Scarlet Knights, who will try to lure Midwest recruits to New Brunswick. Even if Wilson’s recruiting areas remain the same, his experience attracting players to Iowa from long distances can help other coaches on the staff learn to do the same.
Campanile offers Rutgers a chance to strengthen its recruiting grip on New Jersey. A former Rutgers player from 2001 to 2004, Campanile spent last season as a defensive graduate assistant before being named tight ends/wide receivers coach this winter. He coached at Fair Lawn High School in 2006 and then served as an assistant at New Jersey power Don Bosco Prep from 2007 to 2011, the last two seasons as offensive coordinator. Campanile’s youth, energy and New Jersey roots – his brothers are the head coaches at Bergen Catholic High School and Westwood High School and his father is a former head coach at Paramus Catholic High School in New Jersey – could help become one of the Scarlet Knights’ top recruiters.
Prince has 17 years of college coaching experience, but he spent the last three seasons as an assistant offensive line coach in the NFL. He spent nine years coaching in the state of Virginia, with the Cavaliers and James Madison, and has made other stops on the East Coast and the South. Scarlet Knights fans are intrigued to see how effective Prince can be developing the offense into one that is Big Ten-worthy.