Mike Tverdov On RU, Recruiting Others
Sep 12, 2016
By: Zach Links- SOR Head Staff Writer
RU Commit Mike Tverdov
This summer, Mike Tverdov made everyone at his dinner table happy when he committed to Rutgers. The brother of former Rutgers defensive lineman Pete Tverdov had options all over the map, but his closest option turned out to be his best one.
"My family was very happy, especially my brother," the younger Tverdov told Donald Forbes of StateOfRutgers.com recently. "He knows I love Rutgers with everything in me. We've spent so much time around that university and its just always been a part of us. So, me staying home was huge for my family and it's another legacy to add to the defensive line."
With his college decision out of the way, the Union High School defensive end can put all of his focus and energy towards his senior season. So far, Tverdov's squad is off to a blazing start with one of the state's best defensive lines and a dynamic offense. The youngster is hoping to cap off his high school career with an All-State selection, double digit sacks, and a state championship for his team.
Between now and the start of his freshman year, Tverdov will make plenty of drives to the Piscataway campus. His most recent visit came this past weekend when he was on hand for RU's blowout win over Howard.
"I watched the first [game of the season] and went to the game against Howard," Tverdov said after RU's 52-14 blowout win. "They started off slow but exploded in the second half. The defense was flying around and the offense was high tempo and very explosive..It was extremely hot, but I had a good time with my teammates and was hanging out with some of the commits like usual."
Tverdov and the aforementioned commits - Micah Clark, Jamal Beatty, and Bryce Watts - talked about their own performances on Friday for their respective teams. The quartet also discussed other potential recruits a bit and Tverdov tells SOR that he is talking with a couple of top targets for RU.
"I talk to Corey Bolds and Brendan Bordner. They are both holding Rutgers in high regard. I'd say that they might be close," the 6'3", 225- pound athlete said.
While the Scarlet Knights got their confidence up against Howard, they did not look so sharp against Washington in the 2016 season opener. After losing 48-13 earlier this month, one might think that Rutgers coaches are in damage control mode. Apparently, that's not quite the case.
"They haven't said anything to me about that game, but by reading and hearing what they say. You give your absolute best in every game and play until the end and no matter what the outcome is you move on to next week," Tverdov said.
Tverdov will bring his on-field intensity and off-field positivity to the Scarlet Knights next year, but he won't be able to truly join the program until the summer. Tverdov indicated that he would have liked to enroll early, but his high school does not allow for early graduation.