Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) receiver John Tsimis will miss his senior season because of a…
CoachSpeak: BC's Campenile Breaks Down Tsimis
The fervor and intensity John Tsimis attacked football at Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) is the same way he will tackle his rehab as he gets ready for his Rutgers career. Two weeks after tearing the anterior cruciate ligament in his knee, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Tsimis committed to Rutgers. And while Tsimis won't play his senior season because of the injury, which will require surgery June 12, Bergen Catholic coach Nunzio Campenile is certain it will have no impact on his Rutgers career. "He's a truly gifted kid," Campenile said. "He's an unbelievable competitor. He's a guy that is dying to play against the best competition to prove he's the best player. Without a doubt, he's the best receiver I've ever coached and one of the best players I've ever coached." That is a distinguished list considering Campenile spent time as the offensive coordinator at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and coached a number of premier players. But it is the attention to detail, work ethic and athleticism that has Campenile praising Tsimis so much. "The number of things he does well are almost countless," Campenile said." He's very athletic, he's tremendous at getting off the ball, he's got unbelievable hands. He catches the ball in traffic better than any high school kid I've ever seen. He's an unbelievable route runner, and impeccable worker, he's a great practice player. He's everything you want in a football player. "He's the guy that plays as hard as he can every down, practice or game. It doesn't matter. He's a very special kid, a smart kid as well. I don't have enough superlatives in my vocabulary for him." Tsimis broke out as a junior with 50 catches for 754 yards and 11 touchdowns, but he showed to be consistent secondary option as sophomore when he caught 15 passes for 300 yards and three touchdowns. The disappointing aspect of Tsimis' injury is his high school career ended with a loss in his junior season to Don Bosco in the state title game. The silver lining is Tsimis will be more than ready to play when he arrives for training camp at Rutgers in 2013. "This will give him a great goal to work toward to be ready to come into camp in August 2013," Campenile said. "He'll really be ready, and I think he'll bring the same sense of purpose that he would have brought to our football season to his rehab and to his preparation. He's really just a great worker and it's really going to serve him well in his rehab." Campenile added one of the big reasons Tsimis committed so early is the reaction from the Rutgers staff after the injury. "I think that meant a lot to John," Campenile said. "That Rutgers stayed with him showed the kind of class coach (Kyle) Flood has. I think it showed a lot about coach Flood and coach (Dave) Brock and all those guys the way they treated him. It was really impressive."
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