The Rutgers staff showed up for the day-long visit with Applefield decked out in sartorial splendor.
"They all wore camo (camouflage) just for me," Applefield said. "Way back in the day, I asked them, ‘Do you guys have any camo shirts?' Somehow they remembered that and I got there and they were all inside wearing camo. It was great. It was woodland camo, and coach (Kyle) Flood had a full camo suit on. It was pretty cool."
Applefield, who holds double digit offers, already was familiar with the program because Rutgers has been recruiting him for so long. Multiple Scarlet Knights assistant coaches also made trips to his school to watch him in spring practice, and the relationship has continued to develop.
But the trip also allowed him to spend time with Flood and offensive line coach Damien Wroblewski.
"(Flood) is a coach that definitely knows what he's doing," Applefield said. "He's definitely got his head on is shoulders. He's on key. I've been talking to coach Wrobo for a while. He's a good guy. He actually came to one of my spring practices. He's a real good guy. The way he teaches football, it's pro-style, real simple."
Applefield said the message the staff gave him was "that they're looking for guys like me."
He also enjoyed the feel of the campus, and what players had to say about the program.
"It was beautiful. It's a real nice campus," Applefield said. "The facilities were nice. The indoor dome, that was pretty impressive."
Applefield had such a good time he spent time with the players after the visit was scheduled to be over.
"We hung out after for a little bit after it," he said. "I had a real good visit. The surroundings, I met some of the players – they're all real cool guys – and they have a real family atmosphere around there."
Applefield is making the rounds with his father, and the duo already visited Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Marshall and West Virginia. He is set to see Maryland and Virginia on Friday.