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 EagleAction.com. "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.