Kyle Dobbins (Harvey Levine/SCOUT)

New Jersey RB Kyle Dobbins had meaningful visit to Rugers

Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine running back Kyle Dobbins recaps his latest visit to Rutgers.

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Kyle Dobbins came out of his Saturday visit to Rutgers with a more clear understanding of the program, of the people in the program, and how he would be used in the offense.

He also left knowing the Scarlet Knights would be involved in his recruitment for a while.

Dobbins, a 5-foot-10, 185 pound running back from Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine, said he will release a top five in the spring, and off of the visit, he said the Scarlet Knights will be in there.

"North Carolina and Virginia Tech will make it. Rutgers will make it," Dobbins said. "I want to visit the schools who offered me and then cut down my list. I think I want to take (official) visits and then make a decision (near) signing day."

Dobbins understands plans can change, and he is open to that happening. His offer list consists of Rutgers, North Carolina, NC StateNorthwesternTemple, Boston College and Army. He is planning visits to North Carolina and NC State in the coming months, and he also plans on making a trek to Virginia Tech.

"I want to visit the schools who offered," Dobbins said. 

One of those visits came two days ago when Dobbins, joined by his mom and stepfather, traveled to Rutgers' junior day. Although it was a packed event, Dobbins received special treatment as he met with the coaches.

"I got a chance to sit and speak with the running backs coach (Lester Erb)," Dobbins said. "He was at my school (in January) and I spoke with him before. He was telling me he liked my game, and he saw me as a guy who can catch the ball out of the backfield in addition to running it."

Dobbins also got a look at Rutgers' depth chart, which will not be full of experienced running backs when 2018 arrives.

"They said I will have the chance to come in and play right away," Dobbins said. "I know they are losing some running backs and they have a need. I could come in and have an opportunity if I went there."

The visit included a tour of the difference campuses, a question and answer segment with the players, and a lengthy meeting with coach Chris Ash.

"I enjoyed it," Dobbins said. "Coach Ash was talking about building the program, and I could see what he was talking about. He was talking about hard work, and being able to build it, and it was important to get the right people. I think he is doing that. He said keeping players in New Jersey was important."

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