Rutgers commit Jesse Ofurie on Greg Schiano: ‘he’s a teacher of the game’

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Jesse Ofurie was drawn to Rutgers football not just on the field but also off the field. The three-star wide receiver committed to the Big Ten program, he said, in large part due to head coach Greg Schiano.

Ofurie committed to Rutgers in June following his official visit. The Massachusetts wide receiver, ranked a top 100 player in the East by ESPN.com, was an under-the-radar recruit that Schiano and his staff identified early.

The class of 2023 wide receiver is at St. John’s Prep (Danvers, MA). Rutgers was his only Power Five offer.

According to 247Sports, he is the ninth-best player in the state for the current recruiting cycle.

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In talking with the New England Football Journal this week, Ofurie was asked about Schiano by John Sarianides. He offered a layered response and answer that expresses a commitment to the program that goes deeper than just playing time and positional fit.

“I’ll say he’s, he’s a teacher of the game – that’s one thing that stood out to me,” Ofurie said in response to a question about Schiano’s coaching style.

“You know, he really teaches them the game of football and not just how to run a route or how to do certain things, but how what you do affects the other guy on your team. Also just his leadership, everybody kind of admires that about him, how he leads the team, how he leads the program. And of course he has had success with them. And I feel like he is the right man for the job.”

Sarianides and the New England Football Journal do a tremendous job of covering the region including the top recruits with Power Five offers.