Rutgers' Eric Wiafe to learn three-technique from roommate Darius Hamilton
PISCATAWAY — Eric Wiafe won't have to look far for pointers on adjusting to the three-technique at Rutgers.
Wiafe, one of five early enrollees who met the media Monday, will room with junior Darius Hamilton, Rutgers' prototype three-tech defensive tackle.
“I think it’s a great experience," Wiafe said, "a great thing to have (with) somebody to learn from.”
The three-tech defensive tackle, generally lighter than a nose tackle, lines up on the outside shoulder of a guard. Hamilton finished with a team-high 11.5 tackles for loss from the position, including a second-best 4.5 sacks.
Wiafe, who had to prep last season at Milford Academy (N.Y.), played nearly every spot along the defensive line in a rotation filled with Division-I commits. He played mostly end at Egg Harbor Township High, home to fellow Scarlet Knights Tejay Johnson and Kevin Marquez.
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“Prep school got me adjusted to a lot of things," said Wiafe, informed of his college position by defensive line coach Jim Panagos. "I think three-tech is one of the things that got me used to it.
“It was a good experience. At first I didn’t like it. It helped me. Playing JuCo there’s a lot of big guys. It helped me get prepped for college.”