Napoleon Back in NJ After Visit to Indiana

The St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, NJ.) pair of Brandon Napoleon and Michael Giacone spent the weekend at Indiana University on an unofficial visit. caught up with the duo after a flight home to discuss how the visit went and thoughts on Rutgers. First, we bring you Napoleon.

Quarterback/defensive back recruit Brandon Napoleon had a good time in Indiana, but it will take more than a good time to shuffle his top-two schools.

Indiana was a distant third to North Carolina and Rutgers for the St. Peters Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) rising senior and remains in third at the end of the visit.

When asked if his unofficial visit to Bloomington, Ind., changed things, Napoleon said "not really."

"It's definitely up there (near the top), but it didn't really jump anyone," Napoleon said. " It was a different kind of visit because we were there overnight, but it's still sort of where it was."

Napoleon went to Indiana with Prep teammate Michael Giacone. Giacone, a rising senior and starting tight end, also holds both Rutgers and Indiana offers.

The pair enjoyed the trip and touring the area together.

"I liked the school," Napoleon said. "It was a great campus. We met with some of the players and they all wanted us to join them."

Napoleon and Giacone have concurrent verbal scholarship offers from Rutgers, Indiana and Connecticut. In the minds of both, playing together at the next level is "definitely possible."

"We could play together," Napoleon said. "But it's not like the world's going to end if it doesn't happen. Both of us want the place that's the best fit. It makes me more comfortable. Just hanging out with each other and stuff makes things better."

Along with family and teammates, Napoleon said he speaks to former teammates Savon Huggins, Keith Lumpkin and Sheldon Royster for advice.

Huggins, Lumpkin and Royster graduate from St. Peters Prep this spring and will all play for Division I programs. Huggins and Lumpkin are set for Rutgers and Royster is on his way to South Carolina.

"They are great friends," Napoleon said. "Savon and Lumpkin are both trying to get me at Rutgers. Plus, I know Mohamed Sanu and he wants me there just as bad."

Napoleon said he knows Sanu, a rising junior receiver at Rutgers, from his visits to the school.

Sanu, like Napoleon likely will, moved from high-school quarterback to college defensive back before eventually finding a home at receiver. Sanu, a former South Brunswick High School star, was also in attendance in Jersey City when Huggins committed to Rutgers over North Carolina.

"Sanu has great advice," Napoleon said. "He tells me about how it's a great school and he loves it there. He tells me how things work both at Rutgers and in recruiting."

Between strong academics and a close proximity to home, Rutgers is No. 2 on Napoleon's list behind North Carolina.

"Rutgers is a great school," he said. "It's close and I like the environment more with each visit. [Being close] is nice. It's important. My family wants to be going to a lot of games. It's important to them, especially my grandma."

Napoleon has no camps or visits planned for the summer, but said he will look at it as soon as school wraps up and he has some free time.

Editor's Note: Monday afternoon, Napoleon said Rutgers and North Carolina are now even as his leaders.

"I was just thinking about it and I don't know, it's something about both those schools that I love," Napoleon said. "They're even right now until I got visit both again."

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