QB Baldwin Talks RU Ties, Unofficial Visit

Class of 2014 quarterback Bo Baldwin of West Aiken High (Aiken, S.C.) has deep ties to Rutgers, and Saturday he got an in-depth look at it. Afterward, he spoke to FOXSportsNEXT about the Scarlet Knights, what he learned during an unofficial visit and what they are saying about an offer.

Rutgers doesn't roam from its recruiting base often, but finding a quarterback is reason to leave the New York-Pennsylvania-Washington, D.C., area.

The Scarlet Knights went to South Carolina a few years ago and landed Chas Dodd, and now they are back in the Palmetto State for class of 2014 West Aiken High (Aiken, S.C.) quarterback Bo Baldwin.

The 6-foot-5, 230-pound Baldwin visited Rutgers on Saturday, which was five days after Rutgers quarterbacks coach Rob Spence went to West Aiken to watch him throw.

"Whenever they're on t.v., we'll watch them," Baldwin said.

In addition, Baldwin's uncle, Rick, played at Rutgers. The family is from Westfield, N.J., and they return to the area at least one a year.

He is waiting for his first offer, but one of the reasons is he missed time during his sophomore and junior seasons. In fact, he was out part if the 2012 season with a broken right hand, but during a meeting with Rutgers coach Kyle Flood the prospects of an offer were broached.

"He said they were very interested, and they want to continue to build the relationship," Baldwin said. "I'm pretty sure they're going to come down to my high school in January, and we will keep building that relationship. They said they want to keep building the relationship before they offer, but they definitely said one was coming."

It was Baldwin's first in-depth look at Rutgers, and there was a highlight.

"I loved getting to watch the team practice," Baldwin said. "It will be what you're doing the majority of the week, every week, if I decide to go there. I like seeing how the coaches interact with the players during practice."

The full-day visit included academic meetings and tours, and gave Baldwin and his family a more in-depth look at the program.

"We toured the stadium and met with coaches, and then right after we ate lunch we went to the ‘Bubble' to watch practice," he said. "After practice, we went to the meeting room and they had us ask questions and get answers from players.

"After that, my dad and I met with coach Flood and talked with him for a bit in his office."

And one of the many themes of the day was Rutgers' move to the Big Ten.

"They talked about it a lot," he said. "It's definitely a big deal and it's big for recruiting. They brought it up a pretty good bit."

Baldwin said Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest, followed by "Georgia, LSU, South Carolina, Duke and Alabama."

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