No Schiano, no problem as Hamilton commits to Rutgers

Greg Schiano's departure isn't crippling Rutgers on the recruiting trail after all.

The school landed one of its biggest commitments yet as stud defensive lineman Darius Hamilton elected to play his college football at the school on Tuesday night.

The Don Bosco Prep end and son of former New York Giants defensive lineman Keith Hamilton is an instinctive pass rusher who has a quick first step and will be ready to play early situationally.

New Scarlet Knights head coach Kyle Flood was able to get Hamilton to stay in-state instead of opting to play for Al Golden at Miami or Will Muschamp at Florida. Many Rutgers fans worried that the departure of Schiano to the NFL would negatively affect the team's sterling haul of recruits, but so far the program has only lost tight end Mike Giacone (St. Peter's Prep; Jersey City, NJ) to Boston College. He decommitted from the Scarlet Knights just a day after dual-threat quarterback Devin Fuller ended up choosing UCLA over a handful of programs, including Rutgers, on Sunday.

Many high school coaches in New Jersey were happy that the Scarlet Knights promoted Flood because of their relationship with him when he served as offensive line/assistant head coach and the fact that it will maintain continuity on the recruiting trail for the program.

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