Mamaroneck (N.Y.) High tight end Alex Parkinson has been jumping onto the radar of northeast programs recently with some extending offers. Rutgers was the most recent to offer, adding the Scarlet Knights to a growing list that includes Connecticut, Pittsburgh and Syracuse among others.
"I talked to (head) coach (Kyle) Flood today," Parkinson said. "I went down to visit with my dad. They like my size and athleticism. They had also talked to my coach about me and had seen my film. They liked what they saw so they offered.
"I was very excited when they offered. It's big-time football there. It's right down the road from me which is nice."
The visit to Piscataway was not the 6-foot-5 prospect's first interaction with Rutgers. He has been in regular communication with their staff for some time.
"I've been talking to their tight ends coach (Anthony Campanile) for the past few weeks," Parkinson said. "It's been fun talking to him. I'm still learning about the staff and the program.
"I got to see the facilities and meet all the people around the program during my visit. They all seemed really nice."
The trip allowed Parkinson to get an inside look at the Rutgers program. During the visit, he took everything in and noted his interactions with the coaches as a big highlight.
"The best part of the visit was the whole experience," Parkinson said. "Being able to meet the coaches, see the facilities in general. They have pretty nice facilities. Being able to talk to the coaches and get to know them better."
While Parkinson still claims no favorites nor has he trimmed his list, Rutgers is a school that intrigues the rising senior.
"Rutgers is a program I'm definitely interested in," Parkinson said. "I plan on doing some more research on them and continue to look at other schools. I'll start to make a list at some point. But Rutgers is definitely there and a school I'm looking at."