One of the top players at Rutgers camp last month was Treasure Coast High (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) receiver Travares Copeland, and while his play impressed the coaching staff, the 5-foot-11, 175-pounde came away impressed in his own right.
"I know they have a lot of money; a good program and good facilities," Copeland said. "That's why I came up to the camp, to see for myself. I really like it. It's a long ways from home, but I don't care. You have to leave home one day."
Copeland, who holds more than a dozen offers, plays quarterback at Treasure Coast High but is being recruited by schools to play receiver or defensive back.
Rutgers already holds commitments from receivers Carlton Agudosi and Ruhann Peele, and is doing well with Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) Leonte Carroo and Franklin High's (Reisterstown, Md.) Ian Thomas, but the Scarlet Knights made sure Copeland knew they were interested when he was on campus.
"I talked to coach (Greg) Schiano, and I talked to (receivers) coach (P.J.) Fleck," Copeland said. "They want me as receiver here. Whatever catches my heart, I'll play. Whether they want me at quarterback or receiver, that's where I'm going to be."
An intriguing twist was Copeland decided to camp at Rutgers at the urging of his recruiter, Chris Hewitt, and came away with an unexpected view on the Scarlet Knights and the Rutgers campus.
"It's pretty," Copeland said. "I just wanted to experience something new because I've been in Florida my whole life. I wanted to see how things were up here. New trees …I've never seen these types of trees in my life. I'm seeing a lot of new things.
"(Hewitt) is down to earth. It's a positive vibe. We don't always talk about football. We talk on a personal level, so he's a good guy."
"They're very important because the (NFL) stands for Not For Long. Any play (can end it)," Copeland said, "so you have to keep your grades up."