That is when the 6-foot-4, 270-pound DePietro spent nearly 10 hours on campus during an unofficial visit. He toured the campus, met with academic support folks, and had plenty of interaction with the coaching staff.
"It was awesome. I spent the entire day there," DePietro said. "We toured the facilities, I got to sit in on a team meeting, an offensive line meeting, and got to see what Rutgers football players are all about. Then, we went out and got to meet the dean (Carl Kirschner), and hang out with all the coaches and see what they're all about."
During the offensive line meeting, DePietro received insight into the inner workings of the football program.
"I get to see what their coaching style is like, and what kind of people they are," he said. "I was really impressed with how smart the coaches were, and all the terminology, and how detailed and precise everything has to be."
There was also time set aside for DePietro to meet with offensive line coach Kyle Flood, and the two hit it off.
"I loved him," DePietro said. "I probably got to spend an hour with him, and I loved everything about him. He's a nice guy, he's very smart, and he seems like he would be a lot of fun to play for."
The in-depth day gave DePietro a much different view of the program then he had before making the trip.
"Something I was really impressed with were the facilities. They were really awesome," DePietro said. "That was the first time I got to talk to coach Schiano, and he's just an awesome guy. He's a high-character guy and has a great vision of the future, what he wants to do with the program."
Among the topics of conversation was DePietro's style of play, and why Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano extended an offer three weeks ago.
"He likes the edge that I play with, how intense and how hard I play," DePietro said. "He said he thought I loved the game from my film, and he also liked how athletic I was, and how it fits great with his offense."
DePietro also holds offers from Pittsburgh, Northwestern, Boston College, West Virginia and Villanova and he is being recruited by Michigan State, Penn State and Stanford. He is planning a visit to Northwestern on April 2 and return trip to Rutgers for a spring practice since his mom didn't make this trip.
"We'll have to come back so she can get a taste of Rutgers," said DePietro, who made the trip with his father. "We'll be back up there, for sure."