Schiano Makes No Promises

By Adam Caparell - October 04, 2006

Rutgers is off to a 5-0 start this season and is the 24th ranked team in the nation as the Scarlet Knights are in the midst of a resurgence.

But even through all the lean times in his six years as Rutgers head coach, Greg Schiano never promised a recruit playing time to get him signed.

“I think when you start doing that you create a lot of problems,” Schiano said. “I never promised them because I can’t predict how they will perform. I just don’t think it’s right.

“What I tell them is, now that I’m a head coach and I make the final decision, all things being equal off the field, the guy who gives us the best chance to win is going to play,” Schiano said. “I think in my time at Rutgers it’s been proven over and over again. It doesn’t have to be proven to recruit. They can look at the history and say we’ve benched guys in favor of younger guys because we thought they gave us a better chance to win.”

Schiano, the former Miami defensive coordinator, is a pretty good recruiter and is bringing in better and better talent every year to Central Jersey. He already has two NFL-caliber backs in Ray Rice and Brian Leonard in his backfield and they’re just two examples of Schiano’s credo at work.

Leonard, a senior, has played a big role in the Rutgers offense during his four years, even leading the team in TDs and points his freshman season.

Rice, a sophomore, earned the starting tailback position in training camp as a freshman and went on finish the year as the fifth-leading true freshman runner in the nation, rushing for 1,120 yards.

Now it’s only seems like a matter of time before Schiano gets himself a pro-caliber QB. Then Rutgers may finally be able to take off in the Big East.

Posted by Adam Caparell at 01:15 PM on October 04, 2006

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