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TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Posted on: January 31, 2012 1:49 pm
Posted by Tom Fornelli

Rutgers' 2012 class has suffered its first casualty in the wake of Greg Schiano leaving the school to become head coach of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

MaxPreps is reporting that tight end Michael Giacone of St. Peter's Prep has switched his commitment from Rutgers to Boston College.

Giacone is considered the nation's #21 ranked tight end by MaxPreps. The 6-foot-5, 240-pounder played in a run-oriented offense at St. Peter's Prep. As a result, he only had 13 receptions for 191 yards and a touchdown in his senior season.

Giacone may be the first member of Rutgers class to flip since Schiano left and was replaced by Kyle Flood, but it remains to be seen whether or not he'll be the last. Flood and the Rutgers coaching staff has been working extremely hard to keep its 2012 recruiting class in order since Schiano left, but it appears that work wasn't enough to keep Giacone in the fold.

"I realized when I committed to Rutgers too much of my decision was based on coaching," Giacone told "You know, when I committed to Rutgers, BC had been my second choice.

"After Coach Schiano left I talked to my coach and he told me to visit a couple of schools to help in my decision."

Giacone becomes the 16th commitment in Boston College's 2012 class. 

Since: Sep 5, 2006
Posted on: February 1, 2012 12:15 pm

TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Funny that Sportsline lists this as a "Top Headline" given that since Giacone flipped, Rutgers added Rivals Defensive Player of the Year Darius Hamilton and 4 star wideout Ian Thomas.  In fact, since Schiano left, Rutgers' recruiting class has IMPROVED from 53 in Rivals' ranking to 23.  The message is that the Rutgers football program really held it together over a tumultous week.  The fact that Giacone is the only defector from this monster class speaks volumes about the program Schiano built.

Since: Feb 20, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:58 pm

TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Hey he has a right to this decision....but not for nothing....Rutgers is certainly not LSU....but BC is a program in freefall....even in the ACC.....might take years to get back to Rutgers level and that's not exactly setting the bar very high

Since: Sep 9, 2008
Posted on: January 31, 2012 2:55 pm

TE Giacone flips from Rutgers to BC

Best of luck Mike. Would have been nice to see you in Scarlet, but-hey!-that's the way it goes.
(Schiano was that persuasive? He's the only one who left, you know.)

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