Hutchinson Taking Visits

Top LB prospect, Berkeley Hutchinson, has already committed to Rutgers. However, he has decided to take official visits to some other schools. Is he again considering the Nittany Lions?

Name: Berkeley Hutchinson
Position: QB / LB / DE (after returning from injury)
Height: 6'3"
Weight: 230 pounds
40-yard dash: 4.5
School: Long Branch High, Long Branch, New Jersey

Berkeley plays several positions for Long Branch, but is being recruited to play LB at the collegiate level. 

Unfortunately, he dislocated his wrist a couple of months ago, and missed a good portion of the season.

"I played QB last year, and a couple of games this year, then I dislocated my wrist," Berkeley said.  "I just got back a couple of weeks ago.  It's a little sore, but it's doing pretty good.  I'm doing therapy to get it back.

"I was out 5 weeks, and missed 4 games.  We made the playoffs, but we lost in the first round."

Berkeley has decided to take some official visits, although he insists the chances of him playing for the Scarlet Knights are still very good.

"It's about a 90% chance right now.  I'm taking official visits, but I'm staying with Rutgers.  I'm taking official visits just to get away.  I talked to Coach Schiano at Rutgers, and we worked things out where I can take 2 official visits, and then my third one would be to Rutgers, and I can't take any more.

"I told him, when I made my commitment, that I still wanted to take official visits, so we worked it out a month ago."

The 2 schools he chose for official visits are Georgia and North Carolina.

"Georgia is my 2nd school right behind Rutgers.  So, if anything didn't work out with Rutgers, I'd still have Georgia to fall back on.

"North Carolina is December 1.  The weekend after that I'm going to Georgia, and then the weekend after that I'm going to Rutgers.  Then, I'm off to play in that All-Star game in Texas.  I'm going to have a busy December."

"I got family in both of those states, so if I did want to get away, I'd still have family and friends that can see me play live.  I've never been to North Carolina, but I've been to Georgia in the summer.  I liked it at Georgia, and I want to go down to North Carolina to check it out and see how it is down there."

Berkeley is not considering Penn State any longer, unfortunately.

"They offered me.  Actually, they were talking with me for a while.  I liked it, but I don't think it would've worked for me.  Al Golden was first recruiting me at Boston College, then he went to Penn State during my sophomore, and then he went to Virginia.  Every place he went, he was recruiting me.  When he left Penn State, Fran Ganter was really recruiting me hard.

"I just didn't fit in.  I don't think I fit in at Penn State.  I've actually been there a lot, about 6 times.  I liked it, but socially, I don't think it was right for me."

Berkeley has a great relationship with Rutgers head coach, Greg Schiano.

"Coach Schiano is the main reason I chose Rutgers.  When he first got there in December, he wanted to turn the program around.  To do that, he said he has to get the best kids in New Jersey and not let them go. 

"I wanted to stay home and help him build a program at Rutgers, and not go to a program where every year they're in a bowl game, or every year their national champions or something.  I wanted to be a part of a rebuilding, where I can say to my kids, 'I helped rebuild that program' and 'nobody believed in us when Coach Schiano said that'.  That's what I wanted to be a part of.

"He's just recruiting the best players, playing many freshmen, and getting them more experience. So, by their sophomore and junior year, they'll be competitors.  This year, it's pretty bad, but they're playing a lot of freshmen.  They're playing like 20-some freshmen, so they're going to take their lumps.  By my sophomore year, we should be pretty good.  That's what I hope."

Berkeley is not yet qualified, but is working hard to do so.

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