Harrison Recaps Official Visit to Rutgers

Rutgers is digging through Florida looking for a second tight end in the Class of 2012. This weekend, the Scarlet Knights hosted Kathleen Senior High School (Lakeland, Fla.) tight end Kerwin Harrison on his official visit. Harrison spoke with ScarletReport.com about the visit, where Rutgers stands and when he plans to make his decision.

For a high-school senior from Lakeland, Fla., seeing New York for the first time is an eye-opening experience. With Rutgers a short train ride away from the city, Kathleen Senior High School (Lakeland, Fla.) tight end Kerwin Harrison got his first view of the city while on his official visit.

Harrison was on his second of three planned official visits before deciding and said seeing New York was a great experience.

"I'd probably say my favorite part was going New York," Harrison said. "New York City, man, that was my first time ever. It lived up to the hype.

"I thought the whole [visit] was great. I've always wanted to see the city. I learned a lot about the academics and how important they are at Rutgers. That was important. I liked it. It was great."

Harrison is one of three tight ends still on Rutgers radar and said that he came to the official with no plans of a verbal commitment, but seriously enjoyed his time.

"I liked just hanging out with the coaches," Harrison said. "They're all cool. They made me feel like it was a family for real. It's a place I feel like I could fit in. I could see myself going there."

Harrison plans to make a verbal commitment somewhere between his Jan. 27 birthday and National Signing Day the next week. Before deciding, Harrison said he will take an official visit to Louisville.

His top three are Rutgers, Louisville and Cincinnati, he said.

Sophomore running back and Second-Team All Big East kick returner Jeremy Deering hosted his fellow Florida native for the weekend.

"He was a really cool guy," Harrison said. "He's a guy that is a big part of that program. He spoke his mind, you know. He was very honest with me about this and that. He answered my questions and was down-to-earth about everything. We had fun."

Harrison had a strong relationship with running backs coach Chris Hewitt, who recruits his area, before the visit and enjoyed getting to know tight ends coach Brian Angelicho, wide receivers coach P.J. Fleck and head coach Greg Schiano.

"All of the coaches were great and I could tell they were really interested in me as a person," he said. "It wasn't just football-this and football-that. There was academics stuff and it was well-rounded. We'll see what happens over time."

Rutgers hosted tight end Anthony Russell last week on an official visit and recently offered Sean Culkin a scholarship, looking to add a second tight end alongside St. Peters Prep's (Jersey City, N.J.) Michael Giacone.

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