Zihir Lacewell

East No. 4 OLB Zihir Lacewell breaks down his visit to Rutgers

Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville four-star outside linebacker prospect Zihir Lacewell was able to bond with the Rutgers coaching staff during a visit to campus.

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Zihir Lacewell could not make Rutgers' junior day last weekend, so he rescheduled for a more personal day and spent Thursday on the campus.

The No. 4 outside linebacker in the East, who plays at Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville, watched a workout, toured the campus and learned an interesting fact about how the Scarlet Knights could use him.

"I went with two of my friends to watch them practice and all of that," the 6-foot-3, 195-pound Lacewell said. "They said it would be as a receiver, and then I could play safety my second year. I'm going to continue playing receiver and try to play both ways."


In addition to Rutgers, Lacewell holds offers from MarylandIndianaPittsburghSyracuse and Temple. He said he speaks to Rutgers, Indiana and Maryland the most, and during his trip to the Rutgers campus, which is 25 minutes from Tottenville, he met with receivers coach Jafar Williams.

"I spent time with the coaches, saw the field and went on a tour," Lacewell said. "It was all positives, no negatives. (Williams) is cool, positive. He helps his players improve."

Rutgers coach Chris Ash made an early impression with Lacwell, and the relationship between the two continues to build.

And in all of Lacewell's dealing with Ash, one thing stands out the most.

"His attitude," Lacewell said. "It's a positive attitude. He never pushes me down. He makes me feel as comfortable as possible."

Lacewell does not have any other visits set up, but Maryland is trying to schedule him for a visit.

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