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March 25, 2013Football is back in Piscataway as the Scarlet Knights will take the practice field this week for the first time in 2013. The Monday Morning Kickoff gets your new week rolling with all the latest in the scarlet nation.
A view from the gridiron (Rutgers Football)
Football will return to Piscataway this week with the first of fifteen spring practices set to begin Tuesday morning. Rutgers will start the spring with three new position coaches in offensive coordinator Ron Prince, secondary coach Darrell Wilson and tight ends/wide receivers coach Anthony Campanile.
Dave Cohen will now take over as the new defensive coordinator while also maintaining his duties as linebackers coach.
"I think it's very important for me, that Dave was able to work with Robb [Smith] and in our system of defense," head coach Kyle Flood said. "We have a way of playing defense here at Rutgers that is not going to change. Dave's resume as a defensive coordinator is excellent. I was fortunate to spend three years with him at the University of Delaware when he was the defensive coordinator, so I've been able to say in person what he's been able to do in that role."
Recruiting will get a lot busier this week now that school will be back in session. Rutgers will welcome a long list of unofficial visitors to Saturday's practice as some of the top prospects in the region will be on campus.
"I've had a chance to get to some games before and they've told me a lot about the program," said Nassau Community College offensive lineman Chad Mavety, who is up to seventeen offers. "I know a lot about coach Flood and they also have a rich history of putting linemen in the league."
Mavety will be among the Saturday guest contingent. Click here to see the complete updated visitor list.
Flood will also hold his spring press conference later today at 12:30 p.m. Stay logged onto The Round Table to find out about positions changes and more as we'll bring you all the latest news today from the Hale Center.
The take from center court (Rutgers Basketball)
Rutgers hosted an important official visitor this weekend in Mt. Carmel (Ill.) Wabash Valley Community College swingman Chris Griffin. The 6-foot-7 Griffin is one of Rutgers' top remaining targets to fill out its 2013 recruiting class.
Griffin arrived in New Jersey on Saturday night and is slated to depart campus sometime today. Make sure to keep focused on Scarlet Nation throughout the day for the latest on how Griffin's trip unfolded.
In other recruiting news, Christ the King senior guard Jon Severe informed Scarlet Nation via text of his current list of schools that remain in contention. Rutgers made the cut, along with Pitt, West Virginia, Boston College, Seton Hall, Fordham, Duquesne, George Washington, Kansas State and Creighton.
Severe, who scored 68 points in two games over the weekend to lead CTK to a state title, said the schools are not in order and declined to offer a timetable for a decision.
Finally, as reported in the Fat Cat on Friday, Scarlet Nation learned Rutgers is working to get Oak Hill Academy forward Lennard Freeman on campus for an official visit the weekend following the Final Four. The 6-foot-8 Freeman attended Rutgers' regular season-ending win over Seton Hall and has already taken an unofficial to RU.