Jarrett Paul

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic CB Jarrett Paul spent Saturday watching Rutgers practice

Paramus (N.J.) Catholic cornerback Jarrett Paul had a full day watching Rutgers practice and speaking with the coaching staff.

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Jarrett Paul visited Rutgers before, but Saturday the cornerback from Paramus (N.J.) Catholic got a different look at the program.

And a better understanding of how he could fit into it.

"I definitely like what they're doing with the program," said the 6-foot-1, 189-pound Paul, who was offered in late February. "There is a high intensity at Rutgers in their practice. Guys were competing. Guys were flying around. It was definitely high intensity."


Paul, who played at New York Christ The King before transferring to Paramus Catholic, does not need to go far to learn about the program. 

One of his friends, Blessuan Austin, plays cornerback for the Scarlet Knights. During the visit, Paul spoke to Austin and fellow cornerback Damon Hayes.

"Austin tells me it is a great place," Paul said. "It's local, and you're a local kid, so you should go there. He was saying you play in the Big Ten, so you get to play against Ohio State, you get to play against Michigan, so you get to show people what you can do on a national stage."

The day began early, and with position meetings in the Hale Center. 

"They were going over run fits with the cornerbacks," Paul said. "After that, they went over their film from their previous practice. They were going over what they were doing when they went against receivers in 7-on-7. The were going over their cover-2 and man. They press a lot in this defense with the scheme they have.

"I like that a lot. I feel it is the biggest strength in my game, pressing and playing man-to-man, and mirroring the receiver."

Coach Chris Ash, assistants Henry Baker and Bill Busch and recruiting assistant Matt Hewitt each spent time with Paul.

"Their message to me is they want to keep the in-state kids home, especially the in-state kids coming from the Big North schools," Paul said. "They mentioned to me that with their corner depth -- they have two corners that could possibly leave next year -- if I go there they could see me playing early."

Paul also holds an offer from Buffalo and is being recruited hard by Boston College.

"I plan on making my decision during my senior season, or after it," Paul said. 

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