After a semester on the other side of the country, tight end Matt Alaimo is looking forward to spending a weekend or two at home during the spring semester, having his family come to games and being on familiar ground.
It all starts Monday as the former UCLA tight end moves into Rutgers as a transfer, and he immediately becomes a contender for playing time in the fall, providing he gets a waiver from the NCAA so he does not have to sit out a year.
The one-time St. Joseph (N.J.) Montvale standout made his commitment to Rutgers coach Chris Ashearly in the week, and announced late Friday via his instagram account. He spent one semester at UCLA.
“I am so much more comfortable now,” Alaimo said. “I packed so much stuff going to UCLA. I didn’t have to pack so much now because I can go home on the weekends if I want to.”
Moving back to New Jersey will be much less of a burden on Alaimo and his family. His brother, class of 2020 quarterback Michael Alaimo, plays at St. Joseph and this transfer will allow the family to watch both of them play regularly.