Rutgers Football lands commitment of 2023 State Athlete Dante Barone

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Rutgers has once again cashed in a 2023 Hun School (NJ) product – this time in do-it-all athlete Dante Barone.

The 6-foot-3, 270-pound Manalapan native committed to the Scarlet Knights on Tuesday, opting to stay home over Boston College, Harvard, Illinois, Pennsylvania and Princeton. It is the second commitment for the school’s program in the past five days as 2023 tight end Logan Blake made a commitment on Thursday, and the third in just over a calendar year.

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Barone plays tight end, fullback and defensive end, but the plan is to use him in a unique way when he comes to Piscataway.

This is what intrigued him with the opportunity.

“I’m very excited because I think the full-back role is the best position for me,” he told The Knight Report. “I can be used anywhere on the pitch, like what I did this year in Hun. The fact that I will be playing my favorite and best role is important to me. I also grew up watching Rutgers. It definitely has its appeal.”

Running backs coach Andy Aurich was the first Rutgers coach to begin recruiting Barone. Tight ends coach Nunzio Campanile is the one who finally put in the main work for his services.

“I’ve seen coach Aurich come to Hun since the end of our season, which has been really cool,” he said. “I’ve always respected him as a person and a coach and he’s a great recruiter. When my opportunity at Rutgers started to get more serious, I had more contact with Coach Nunz.

Barone enjoyed the relationship with Campanile for a number of reasons. Much of what the fifth-year coach said was informative and helpful.

“It was great for him to show me exactly how I would fit into his H-back type of role,” Barone said. “He taught me that the little things are important like your eyes and the movement of your head during your journeys. I also learned all about the Chop culture.

Barone has a close connection to Scarlet Knights 2022 offensive line Jacob Allen – his former teammate and the first of the Hun Dominos to fall.

He believes Allen not only made him a better athlete, but also provided valuable insights regarding both Rutgers and his recruiting.

“My relationship with Jacob has definitely been great,” he said. “Although I will play offense at Rutgers, I had to play him every day in practice as a defensive end. It was a great competition. He gave me a taste of how Rutgers l changed for the better physically and mentally, that’s definitely a good sign.

Barone had an official visit scheduled before the Scarlet Knights won it – a June 17-19 trip to Illinois.

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