Rich Czeczotka finally got the tour of campus he had been hoping for last Friday, albeit six weeks later than he first expected.
The quarterback’s twice in the span of three weeks. The Big East school was in turmoil after longtime Football Coach Greg Schiano bolted for the NFL.
Czeczotka, a 6-foot-2, 215-pound senior, wanted to have his future decided by National Signing Day on Feb. 1. Instead he was left waiting while the two Division I schools he was most interested in – Rutgers and Bowling Green – took care of other priorities.
Czeczotka’s moment finally came Friday when he arrived at the Piscataway, N.J. campus.
“I was taken around by the coaching staff all day and shown the school,” Czeczotka said.
While Czeczotka was ready to commit then, the Rutgers staff told him to think on it over the weekend.
“I called them [Monday] and told them I’m on board to go there,” Czeczotka said. “After I saw Rutgers, I knew in my heart that’s where I wanted to go.”
Rutgers does not have a scholarship for Czeczotka – yet. The senior will be what’s known as a preferred walk-on. He’ll be one of six quarterbacks on the Rutgers depth chart.
Czeczotka is a winner. He led the Knights to a , completing 123 of 176 passes for 1,977 yards and 25 touchdowns as a senior. His 70 percent completion rate was highlighted by a against Hampton Bays. Czeczotka also rushed for 786 yards and 17 scores.
Czeczotka had other options. But the lure of playing Division I football was too great.
“I’ll go up to spring ball, learn the offense and meet my teammates,” Czeczotka said. “I’m up for the challenge.”