Official Visit Primer

A big weekend is underway at Rutgers as some of the region's top uncommitted players make official visits to Rutgers, which also has seven committed players coming to campus. So, put together a reader-friendly guide on who is going to be on campus, and what their role is during the 48-hour visit window.

It is a big official visit weekend for Rutgers where some of the area's top uncommitted players will be joined by seven players committed to the Scarlet Knights.

The headliner is five-star running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), but he isn't the only high-profile player on campus.

In total, the non-committed players consist of a five-star player (Huggins), three four-stars (Marquise Wright, Lafayette Pitts and Jose Matias) and a pair of three-stars (Max Issaka and Fou Fonoti).

With it being such a big weekend, breaks down the recruits in attendance:

The Uncommitted

Player: Lafayette Pitts
School: Woodland Hills (Pittsburgh)
Position: Cornerback
Schools: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Maryland, Iowa
Skinny: He still has never publicly said he de-committed from Pittsburgh, but already visited Iowa and Maryland. He will take his official visit to Pittsburgh next weekend, and likely will make an announcement after that.
On the positive side, Pitts is bringing several members of his family on the visit to check out Rutgers, and his strong relationship with assistant coaches Jeff Hafley and Frank Cignetti are an asset.
The key will be whether Pitts can build a stronger bond with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano and some of the players.

Player: Marquise Wright

School: Paramus (N.J.) Catholic
Position: Defensive tackle
Schools: Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Michigan State
Skinny: He finally got his offer during an in-home with Schiano on Tuesday, and Rutgers is in a very good position. He still may take one more visit after this weekend, but Wright also could be a person who "pops" in favor of the Scarlet Knights when the weekend concludes.
He continuously refers to himself as a "Jersey Boy," and it was important for him to get an offer from the Scarlet Knights. If not Rutgers, Michigan State is the next likely choice.

Player: Max Issaka

School: Woodbridge (N.J.)
Position: Defensive end
Schools: Rutgers, North Carolina, Central Florida
Skinny: The craziness of the recruiting season is highlighted by Issaka, who suddenly jumped back onto Rutgers' radar after the Pittsburgh coaching staff upheaval. An in-home visit with Schiano last week helped eased Issaka's mind, and seemingly put Rutgers in a good position.
The opportunity for Rutgers commits Gary Nova and Miles Shuler to work on Issaka this weekend is huge, as is the coaching staff's ability to make an impression on Issaka's parents.
He comes into the weekend with North Carolina as his stated leader, but that could change. He is another player whose commitment could "pop" if things go very well for him.

Player: Savon Huggins

School: St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.
Position:Running back
Schools: Rutgers, North Carolina, Notre Dame
Skinny: The long, arduous recruitment of one of the most sought-after players in the nation is nearing an end, and this is a huge weekend for the Scarlet Knights.
Huggins told during the week he wanted to get to know Cignetti, the offensive coordinator, and running backs coach Chris Hewitt better, and understand how he can be used in the Rutgers system.
Huggins also said he wanted to get a better feel for the players in the program, and with seven committed Scarlet Knights there, a word or two (million) will be whispered in his ear about joining them in Piscataway.
Alas, Huggins' announcement comes Jan. 28 at 5 p.m.

Player: Josue Matias

School: Union City (N.J.) Senior
Position: Offensive line
Schools: North Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, Miami, Florida State
Skinny: This is the last official visit for Matias, and the Scarlet Knights have work to do. His recruitment has changed a lot, with several schools leading at different junctures, and right now Florida State with an apparent edge.
However, he will see some familiarity at Rutgers in the form of linebacker Manny Abreu, a Union product. If Rutgers can make Matias and his family feel comfortable, and use the proximity to its advantage, it can make an impact on his decision.

Player: Fou Fonoti

School: Cerriots College (Norwalk, Calif.)
Position: Offensive tackle
Schools: UCLA, Michigan State, Rutgers, Arizona
Skinny: The farthest east Fonoti has traveled is Detroit, where he landed in Detroit and headed to East Lansing, Mich. UCLA will be tough to beat, but Rutgers has the selling point of an extreme need at tackle and early playing time.
Six weeks ago Fonoti dropped Rutgers, but picked the Scarlet Knights up a few days later when he decided to make a trip. Schiano went out to see him once, and offensive line coach Kyle Flood made a pair of visits to see him.
It could help having junior college transfer Dallas Hendrikson in the program. Hendrikson came from rural Iowa, and can explain to Fonoti why he chose to culture-shock route of going to Rutgers.

The Committed

Player: Miles Shuler
School: Long Branch (N.J.)
Position: Receiver
Skinny: Recruit, recruit and recruit. Shuler already met with Cignetti to see how he fits into Rutgers' new offensive system and he has been around enough to know about the program. So, his role is to recruit, recruit, recruit.
He gets to sell his vision on why a four-star with more than 30 offers is going to Rutgers.

Player: Gary Nova

School: Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.)
Position: Quarterback
Skinny: He was extremely active and helping recruit players when he was a Pittsburgh commit, and now that he is with Rutgers he has been working behind the scenes.
Players seem to gravitate toward him, and he can have a hand in helping influence a few of the visitors. Maybe he will keep Fonoti on his left shoulder older weekend.

Player: Keith Lumpkin

School: St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
Position: Offensive tackle
Skinny: Lumpkin's jump to a four-star underlined his growth as a senior. He already has Huggins' ear since the two are classmates, but this is a time for Lumpkin to learn explain to the non-committed why he continually re-buffed overtures from other schools to stay at Rutgers.

Player: Kevin Snyder

School: Cumberland Valley (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
Position: Linebacker
Skinny: Perhaps the best linebacker in the class, Snyder has a chance to tell Pitts why leaving the Keystone State and heading to the Garden State is a good move.

He was an early commit to the Scarlet Knights and bought into the F.A.M.I.L.Y atmosphere of the program, and can share that vision.

Player: Ben Martin

School: Absegami (Absecon, N.J.)
Position: Running back
Skinny: Nice, personable but quiet, Martin could be spending a lot of time with Huggins in the next four years since both are running backs. If they click, it can only help.
Martin was injured most of his senior season, but he has blazing speed. He ran a 4.39 in the 40-yard at Rutgers' camp in June.

Player: Kyle George

School: Willingboro (N.J.)
Position: Defensive end
Skinny: The irony is George committed to Rutgers in a spot Issaka was being recruited to play, and now they are visiting together. The Scarlet Knights need defensive ends, and George can impress that upon Issaka.
There is also a chance George could play tight end, which is a position he also played at Willingboro.

Player: Charles Davis

School: Neptune(N.J.)
Position: Cornerback
Skinny: Davis is a quietly confident kid, and is very close with Shuler and Huggins. He is coming in as a cornerback after playing in the secondary and backfield in high school.
He will have time to explain why he chose Rutgers so early in the process, and talk to the Jersey recruits why staying home was important to him.

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