NIKE LB MVP Longa Talks RU Visits Past/Future

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Saddle Brook (N.J.) High linebacker Steve Longa was the linebacker MVP at Sunday's NIKE camp. It came a day after he made his second unofficial visit to campus in two weeks, but it is not the end of his trip schedule to Rutgers. He will also be on campus later this month. Check out what else Longa had to say about the Scarlet Knights by coming inside.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Saddle Brook (N.J.) High linebacker Steve Longa has become a hot commodity at Rutgers, and this weekend showed how scorching.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder, who picked up an offer from the Scarlet Knights two weeks ago, spent Saturday on an unofficial visit to campus to watch the spring game, then took home linebacker MVP honors during Sunday's NIKE camp event at Rutgers.

"It feels really good," Longa said. "It shows all the hard work is paying off, and I'm not lifting and running for no reason. I am happy. There's a lot of great players around, so I feel like I accomplished something."

Also, Longa told he will be returning to campus within the next two weeks so his family can gain a better understanding of the program.

Longa's big camp performance came after he learned how much the Scarlet Knights want him. Prior to the start of Saturday ‘s spring game, he met with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano.

"My dad talked to him," Longa said. "I talked to him a little bit, but we're scheduled to go back in a couple of weeks, and myself and my family are going to sit and talk to him. (Saturday) was just a little bit (of talking) because there were a lot of recruits down there.

"We want to go down there again so my parents can sit down with him. Next time it's just going to be for us."

Longa continues to hold five offers – Maryland, Rutgers, Temple, Florida International and Western Michigan – and Minnesota and Boston College recently ended the picture.

Longa arrived at the Scarlet-White game in plenty of time to speak with members of the coaching staff and mingle in the recruiting lounge.

"We got there and ate a little bit, and I talked to my recruiter, (assistant coach) Jeff (Hafley), and I talked to the linebacker coach, Tem Lukabu," Longa said. "He was telling me how to do things, and talking to my dad. He was mostly talking to my dad."

Longa said he didn't pull a lot from the game because the defense played was vanilla, and incorporated very little blitzing.

"I thought the offense did very good, but I was looking at my position," he said. "The linebackers made plays, but not all the time."

Longa is planning to make a decision before the start of his senior season. He is not listing any leaders.

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