Did Cath. Memorial Stars Grab Rutgers Offers?

Linebacker Camren Williams and four-star cornerback/receiver Armani Reeves of Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) made the drive to Rutgers to attend Junior Day. Both were able to speak with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano about verbal offers, and each Williams and Reeves spoke to ScarletReport.com about what transpired with Schiano, and what the day was like.

Catholic Memorial (West Roxbury, Mass.) linebacker Camren Williams and four-star cornerback/receiver Armani Reeves made a seven-hour round-trip drive, but both felt was well worth it.

The class of 2012 prospects attended Rutgers' Junior Day, and while they didn't leave the campus with verbal offers, both were told it is only formality.

"They didn't offer me, but they said it was because they want to see my film from junior year," Williams said. "They said the same with Armani. They have our sophomore film, so as soon as they see our junior film, they'll offer us."

Both players already have their share of offers.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound Williams holds verbal offers from Wake Forest, Connecticut, Maryland, North Carolina, Penn State and Massachusetts. The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Reeves holds the same offers, as well as one from Boston College.

"That was my first time being (at Rutgers)," Reeves said. "It was nice. I got to see the whole campus and everything. It was good being able to see all that and talk to coach (Greg) Schiano. I'm probably going to send (junior tape) to them tonight or tomorrow."

The day involved speaking with members of the coaching staff, learning about Rutgers' academics and its Academic Progress Rate, which ranks No. 1 in the nation, getting tours of the facilities and the campus, and talking with other recruits.

"I think one of the things that stood out to me was academics, and they speak so strong about family," Reeves said. "I like being part of a program that is about football, and is about life. I really liked he facilities. That stood out to me. I've never been around a city campus like that. That was new for me. It was nice."

It was Williams' second trip to Rutgers, but the first as a prime recruit.

Camren Williams
He made an unofficial visit 11 months ago when he tagged along with fellow New Englander Albert Jean-Louis, but he wasn't the main attraction during that visit.

"They seemed a lot more interested in me," Williams said. "Last year I was just a sophomore and they didn't know who I was. They knew who my brother (UNC's Brennan Williams) was, but I could tell they were just recruiting me this time. Last time I didn't get a full visit but this time I got to see everything."

What was memorable?

"They had all the equipment all laid out, and the new cleats and the gloves Nike came out with were all there," Williams said. "We got to see the whole thing. It went really well. We got to see everything, from the football and academic sides, and we got to meet with coach Schiano and got to talk to him."

That Schiano took the time to speak with Williams and Reeves made an impression.

"His message, and it has been for a while, is that they're an hour or so away from New York City, which is the capital of everything that happens around the world," Williams said. "And, if they win the national championship, which he plans on doing, their legacy will never end. It's a moving message that he has."

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