Official Visit Recap

From four-star offensive lineman Josue Matias' commitment to the in-depth interview five-star running back Savon Huggins gave, it was a big weekend in the Rutgers world of recruiting. There were plenty of stories that came from it, and plenty more to be written. But with so much going on, thought the timing was perfect to recap was took place.

There were weekends Rutgers had more visitors on campus, but arguably never as talented a collection the Scarlet Knights hosted.

The group was headlined by St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) five-star running back Savon Huggins, but it was filled with a collection of four- and three-star talent.

The big news came late in the afternoon when four-star offensive lineman Josue Matias of Union City (N.J.) High gave a non-binding oral commitment, making him the third four-star to commit to the Scarlet Knights in the 2011 class.

Not coincidentally, the other four-stars – St. Peter's Prep offensive lineman Keith Lumpkin and Long Branch (N.J.) High athlete Miles Shuler – were on their official visits and speaking with Matias about committing to the Scarlet Knights.
(Matias commitment story)

However, it wasn't the only news from the weekend.

Huggins granted what he said was his final interview before making his announcement Friday at 5 p.m. at a ceremony at St. Peter's Prep. And in the lengthy interview, Huggins spoke about an array of topics, and went into detail about many of the factors that will go into his decision, including the NCAA investigation at North Carolina.
(Huggins visit story)

The weekend also produced the potential for big news in the coming days.

"Rutgers fans should be excited to see who we're going to get in the future," said Shuler, who spent the weekend recruiting six of the non-committed players on the trip.

Four-star Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Marquise Wright detailed how his visit went, and said he could make a decision as early as Monday night.

He is down to Michigan State and Rutgers, but has long said he wanted the Scarlet Knights to recruit him and he consistently talks about being a "Jersey Boy" and wanting to play for Rutgers growing up.
(Wright visit story)

Three-star defensive end Max Issaka from Woodbridge (N.J.) High is another player would could join the 2011 class in the very near future. An in-home visit with coach Greg Schiano last week was a perfect precursor for his visit, and recruits in attendance relayed Issaka had a sensational time and just needed a little time removed from the visit to make a decision.

Four-star Woodland Hills (Pa.) High cornerback Lafayette Pitts also made the journey to campus, and spent much of the weekend hanging out with Shuler. He already knows Rutgers defensive backs coach Jeff Hafley well, since Hafley was at Pittsburgh prior to joining the Scarlet Knights staff last month.

As the recruits left campus after the official visits ended, there was a reaction thread to what was happening.

Another non-committed player on the trip was Cerritos College (Norwalk, Calif.) offensive tackle Fou Fonoti. While he admitted culture shock to walking off the plane to cold weather and snow on the ground, he quickly warmed to the idea of Rutgers.

Fonoti came to New Jersey on a fact-finding mission, and he left saying "I'm highly considering Rutgers now." He is set to announce on signing day, but he could make a move before then.
(Fonoti visit story)

As for the committed players, Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) linebacker Kevin Snyder met with the defensive staff and was told he will play strong-side linebacker.

"I think that is best for me," he said. "We play a 6-2 at Cumberland, and I come off the edge."

Willingboro (N.J.) High's Kyle George spoke to defensive line coach Randy Melvin and Schiano, and was told he will remain at defensive end and be utilized in the "R" position, which is the defensive end that also drops into coverage.
(George visit story)

Shuler spent the weekend recruiting other players hard, including talking in-depth with Pitts, Huggins and Matias.

"I came up there with a mind set and one mission; to get these kids on board and let them know what we have to offer," Shuler said. "We can win the Big East title for the first time, and win a national championship if we keep all the best talent here."

Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis, who is entering Rutgers as a cornerback, was hosted by Quron Pratt. But being a close friend of Huggins, he did his share of recruiting.

"We definitely talk about it a lot," Davis said. "He's going to know by Friday, and he's going to let me know, just like everyone else is going to know."

Rutgers commits Lumpkin, Absegami High (Absecon, N.J.) running back Ben Martin and Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova also make official visits.

Editor's note: will continue its coverage the official visit weekend, as well as bring any breaking news, over the next couple of days.

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