Camper Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

Virginia Beach (Va.) Cox three-star tackle Blake Camper is the latest commitment to Rutgers football, and he detailed his decision with at the end of a two-day unofficial visit. Camper discussed why Rutgers was the right choice, and his ties to the New Jersey area.

Three-star tackle Blake Camper knew his parents would be proud of any college decision, but his Rutgers choice allows for his father to watch him play in his home state.

A Wyckoff, N.J., native, Camper's father saw his son commit to the state university of New Jersey Friday night.

"My parents are pretty excited," Camper said. "I think my dad was more excited than anybody, though. I know my mom was too, so that's always good."

The 6-foot-7, 280-pound tackle prospect credited the atmosphere and coaching staff as deciding factors over other offers. He met with head coach Kyle Flood Friday, and left the office committed.

"I really just felt at home," Camper said. "I'd seen other people say that when they get there, and it's true. When I arrived there, the way that Mr. Tariq Ahmad (recruiting coordinator) and coach Flood and [offensive coordinator Ralph] Friedgen made me feel, I just really felt I could fit in and feel at home."

Camper's third visit was similarly structured to his first two, but he said that was a good thing.

"We always sort of do the same thing, but it's the way they do it," Camper said. "It's the way they present everything to you. Academics are so strong. You look around campus and you'll see one big word. It's family. It's the Big Ten. It can't get any better than that."

Camper joins Zach Venesky and Jonah Jackson as offensive line commitments in the Rutgers class of 2015.

"The Big Ten really is a special thing," Camper said. "I think it's a big opportunity, and I hope I can do my best to be on a team that wins a Big Ten Championship. I hope that we succeed, and I know that the Big Ten is basically a lineman conference. Hopefully I can fill those shoes."

Camper hails from fertile recruiting grounds in Virginia Beach – better known as the 757. He plans to share his story to friends and teammates to spread the word about Rutgers.

"I'm going to tell them what Flood told me," Camper said. "What you see is what you get with them. There is no hidden anything. The way they are when you walk in is the way they're always going to be. They've got great facilities, but I think it's more the people that make it. I think there's great people up there."

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