- Jared Shanker, ESPN Staff Writer
Nick Arcidiacono (Warminster, Pa./Archbishop Wood) saw the recruiting process first-hand during the last several years when his two older brothers went through it. He says his recruitment has been a little bit different than his brothers’, though.
“I knew what to expect with coaches and all that, but it was a little different for me because I’m more of a hybrid,” said the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Arcidiacono, who is being recruited as a tight end, defensive end and linebacker. “They were both clear offensive linemen. I’m kind of all over the place.”
All three positions are represented in Arcidiacono’s final four. Boston College likes him as a defensive end/outside linebacker combo. Rutgers wants to play him at tight end, and Temple and FCS school Delaware want him strictly as a defensive end. He will make his commitment public at 3 p.m. ET Thursday at his high school.
Arcidiacono wanted to get his decision out of the way so he can focus on helping Archbishop Wood repeat as state champions.
“The college I chose, it feels right,” he said. “There’s nowhere else in my mind for me. It feels right.”
The coaching staff and the opportunity to play early were the two biggest factors in his decision.
On Wednesday, Arcidiacono broke down his four finalists.
Boston College: “I love the city of Boston. It’s awesome up there, great tradition up there. I really like the coaches. … They said they see me as a defensive end/outside linebacker type, maybe coming off the edge in pass rushing and dropping back sometimes.”
Rutgers: “I’ve been there a couple times. My brother (Brandon) is going there next year. It’s close, and all the facilities there are one of the best. The coaches are great. I talked to (first-time) Coach [Kyle] Flood a couple times. He seems like a great guy. From what I’m hearing all the players are loving his style.
“… I know they use tight end a lot. The most important thing for me is getting on the field. I like that they use a lot of tight ends.”
Temple: “Them being so close, I’m a real family guy. I’ve been watching them since I was young. My dad actually played at Temple. I like Coach [Steve] Addazio’s style. I’m a Philly guy so Temple is definitely up there for me, and they’re on the rise. Temple is definitely an up-and-coming program.”
Delaware: If I really feel like I want to play (early) then Delaware might be the place I want to be. I visited their campus a couple times. The lifestyle there is awesome. I know a couple of players and they said they love it. And they’re one of the top programs in (formerly) 1-AA.”