Lamy Constant, one of the top underclassmen in New York City, is building strong relationships with a pair of Big Ten programs to already extend offers.
However, with Rutgers and Michigan, the feel is different. The Scarlet Knights are an hour from his home, and he is familiar with them.
"Tradition," Constant said emphatically when asked about Rutgers. "It's the birthplace of college football. I know a lot of the players that went there, and that are going there now. It's a real cool place to go to and just hang out with some of the guys."
"They are trying to keep the home players around," he said. "They are trying to build from there."
Michigan offered Constant as well, and he is in tune with the Wolverines' recruiting stature in the region.
Although he plays in Brooklyn, he knows plenty about Michigan's connection to North Jersey through linebackers coach and former Paramus (N.J.) Catholic coach Chris Partridge.
"That's the school right now," he said. "I know a lot of they guys who go there and are going there from PC. I spoke to coach (Jim) Harbaugh a few times and (running backs) coach Jay (Harbaugh) as well. I think I am really building a bond with them. I hope to get out there soon."