Just a few hours after Rutgers University announced that it has hired Kyle Flood as its next head coach, it got more good news: Don Bosco's five-star recruit, lineman Darius Hamilton, will be headed there next fall.
"In my heart that's where I wanted to be," Hamilton said on MSG Varsity's "A Quick 60" Tuesday night. "It's a great place, a heck of a recruiting class, and they're going to do great things and I want to be a part of that."
Hamilton went on to explain that while the coaching change at Rutgers did come as a shock -- Greg Schiano left for the NFL's Tampa Bay Buccaneeres -- ultimately he was going there one way or another.
"I'm a Jersey guy," Hamilton explained.
He also got some advice from his father, former Giant, Keith Hamilton, who watched the entire coaching staff at the University of Pittsburgh get fired after his freshman year.
Hamilton recounted his father's wisdom: "He said, you can't pick a school for the coach. ... You gotta go to a place where if all the coaches got fired you would still want to be there academically, and I think I'm making the right choice."
Don Bosco head coach Greg Toal explained afterward that Rutgers is getting not only a great player on the field, but one who will make a difference through his leadership and character as well. He also praised Flood for the way he has been able to keep the signing class together.
"I'm sure [Flood] has been doing his homework. He's done a great job keeping everybody together," Toal said. "He's been working hard the last couple of days. Give him credit, he kept that class together and it seems like it's going to be a great class. Hats off to him, they are going to have a great couple of years. I think Rutgers is going to take off."
Rutgers got another Don Bosco student to commit earlier Tuesday when Leonte Carroo announced he was headed there. Toal explained that while he's sure that Rutgers will add plenty of good players this year, these two are difference-makers.
"Leon today and Darius is definitely huge for them," Toal said. "That's a breakthrough player for them in a lot of ways. They got two great kids. It's not just about the quality of players they are either. They are both great kids, great leaders, high-character guys. When you can take that to the table it's pretty special."