Napoleon Discusses Visit to Rutgers

Rutgers hosted a number of high-profile recruits during Saturday's spring game, and one of them was St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon. He is being recruited to Rutgers play cornerback, and he talked about that possibility, as well as whether he believes he fits into the program after meeting with coach Greg Schiano.

St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) athlete Brandon Napoleon made his long-awaited spring visit to Rutgers' campus, and he said he clicked with a few of the other recruits there and had a very good conversation with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

And while Napoleon, being recruited by Rutgers as a cornerback, still puts North Carolina atop his list followed by Rutgers and Indiana, he got a very good feeling about his visit during the spring game and said his recruitment has a long way to go.

"I saw my good friends (and Rutgers commits) Ruhann Peele and Desmon Peoples," Napoleon said. "I also saw some of my teammates, and some (Don) Bosco kids, and (Rutgers signee) Savon (Huggins) was there. So, it was all good."

The highlight of Napoleon's unofficial visit was a meeting with Schiano. The two sat down to discuss Napoleon's recruitment, the Scarlet Knights' desire to bring him in as a defensive back rather than a quarterback, and how important he is to the recruiting class.

"(Schiano) basically said he wants me there," Napoleon said. "He said I'm a Rutgers type of kid. He basically just wants me there. Everything he described in a Rutgers man, I think I fit into that category."

During Napoleon's visit, Bloomsburg (Pa.) High quarterback Blake Rankin gave a non-binding oral commitment to the Scarlet Knights. And Napoleon said Rankin's decision has no influence on what he will do.

"I was happy for him," he said. "I talked to him and said congratulations, but I don't think it will impact me. I'm open. Quarterback or cornerback, I'm still happy to be offered and to get an opportunity."

Napoleon also got a chance to see the Scarlet Knights in action, and he was impressed with how different they looked compared to last season.

"I think they have a good shot at competing very well in the Big East this year," he said. "Their team looks very good. They have a high-powered offense. Their defense is solid. It's a big transition from last year."

The trip to Rutgers Stadium wasn't Napoleon's only spring game. He was in Blacksburg, Va., to watch Virginia Tech's spring game.

"Virginia Tech campus was cool," Napoleon said. "The facilities were really nice. The fans …the spring game was crazy. It was really loud in the stadium. I met with coach (Frank) Beamer. They want to see more defensive tape or I have to go to camp (for an offer)."

Napoleon holds offers from North Carolina, Rutgers and Indiana, and his also hearing from the Hokies, Michigan, Connecticut, Maryland, Tennessee, Stanford, UCF and West Virginia. He already has a special day set for his announcement.

"Sept. 9 is the day my grandma passed away," Napoleon said. "I always wanted her to be a part of my college decision."

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