Schiano was active in Wilfork's recruitment to Miami
Aug/24/12 10:40 AM Filed in: Vince Wilfork
While he never actually played for the man, Patriots defensive lineman Vince Wilfork got to know Greg Schiano, the Buccaneers’ rookie head coach, while being recruited to the University of Miami.
In fact, Schiano played a major role in Wilfork’s recruitment.
“(He’s a) very intense guy and he loves doing what he’s doing and that’s coaching football. It wasn’t a surprise to see him at this level someday,” said Wilfork, who played for the Hurricanes from 2001-2003. “It was just a matter of time. He went to Rutgers (taking over as head coach after serving as Miami’s defensive coordinator in 1999-2000) and had a very successful reign up there and turned that program around and got guys to buy into his program because he’s all about winning and I’ve seen it first hand.
“Having some guys from Rutgers on our team, Devin (McCourty, cornerback) and Justin (Francis, defensive end) and guys like that, they say the same thing. He’s a great, great guy. He’s a hell of a coach and I think he’s going to be around for a while.”