LB Lebbie Gets Answers During Rutgers Trip

DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) outside linebacker Sam Lebbie visited Rutgers on Saturday, and left with plenty of answers and with the Scarlet Knights as his undisputed leader. But, how close did Lebbie come to committing? asked him, and Lebbie gave a candid answer.

DeMatha Catholic High (Hyattsville, Md.) three-star outside linebacker Sam Lebbie's purpose for visiting Rutgers on Saturday was to see how the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff interacted with the players.

He wasn't disappointed.

"It was even better (than anticipated)," the 6-foot-2, 238-pound Lebbie said. "I got to see them in action. I just got better relationships with the coaches, so, yeah, it was good."

Lebbie made the visit with his mom, and during a late-afternoon meeting which coach Greg Schiano, Lebbie acknowledged he almost committed.

"I'm not gonna lie, I did (come close)," Lebbie said. "I just like the relationship. I feel like you can't find a relationship like that with any other school, when you have that feeling that's the place you need to be. You just need to be there.

"But I'm going to think about it a little while longer and then make my decision before too long. They made a real good impression with me. They're clearly the leader in my mind."

Lebbie also holds offers from West Virginia, Maryland, Cincinnati and Illinois.

And while he said he may take a visit to West Virginia in the coming weeks, Lebbie said his only planned visit is a return to Rutgers for the April 30 spring game.

Despite a long day that began in the pre-dawn hours in Maryland and didn't end until Lebbie arrived home about 9:30 p.m., he still had plenty of energy talking about the Scarlet Knights.

"Everything was good. I liked everything," he said. "I didn't get up there for the meetings. I got up there right before they started doing their first drills, like the special teams, and I watched that.

"(Receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck came over and I talked to him. Coach Schiano came over and I talked to him, and I talked to the linebacker coach (Tem Lukabu) and just watched practice. Then, they got the scrimmage in and I watched that."

Lebbie spent much of the scrimmage on the Rutgers Stadium sidelines, and he like what he saw.

"It's real intense," Lebbie said. "The coaches were real intense, and they acted like it was a real game. There was a lot of enthusiasm. They always encourage each other. It's not like they're putting each other down.

"When they have a bad play, they always move on together. It's like one big brotherhood, and I like that about Rutgers."

Afterward, Lebbie met with Fleck, who is recruiting him, as well as members of the offensive and defensive staff.

"Then, at the end, I talked to coach Schiano, just me and my mother, in his office," Lebbie said. "He was telling about me about the program, and how they stick to their motto and how they don't change for anybody, and how the structure is, and how a typical day is at Rutgers.

"They really want me to come up there and make sure everything is good, and that's the place for me."

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