Four-star Barnwell Concludes Junior Season

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Fresh off a victory in his state championship game, Piscataway (N.J.) 2013 four-star athlete Nadir Barnwell returned to the site of his victory to watch a Rutgers bowl practice. Barnwell holds two verbal scholarship offers and discussed where Rutgers stands.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. — Piscataway Township (N.J.) 2013 athlete Nadir Barnwell has been on the Rutgers campus two Saturdays in a row. A week after winning a state-championship shootout over Elizabeth (N.J.) at High Point Solutions Stadium, the four-star prospect took in a Rutgers bowl practice across the street in the Bubble.

Intimately familiar with the Rutgers program with former teammates playing for the Scarlet Knights and a close proximity to home, Barnwell said he continues to feel good about his home-state university.

"It's a great team, great coacahes and I really like the environment here," Barnwell said from midfield after winning the championship. "This is Rutgers' field 364 days a year, but today this is our field. It's in Piscataway and Piscataway just won it all right here."

Barnwell holds verbal scholarship offers from Rutgers and Florida. He has no favorite, but said he is more familiar and more comfortable with the Rutgers program.

Rutgers and Piscataway have a strong history in recent years. Rutgers defensive end Marvin Booker and wide receiver Jawaun Wynn are former Chiefs, as is San Francisco 49ers starting right tackle Anthony Davis, who was a three-year starter on the Banks.

"I like Rutgers," Barnwell said. "It's a great school. The great thing is it's at home. It's 10 minutes away from my house, so I won't get homesick."

Virginia, Notre Dame and Penn State have all told Barnwell that they will offer him scholarships. With the coaching changes and turmoil at Penn State, however, Barnwell is unsure of where he stands with the Nittany Lions and if he has interest in the program.

"I want to see how they handle everything there," Barnwell said. "It's hard to say right now between me and them."

Rutgers and Florida are both recruiting Barnwell, who plays quarterback and defensive back for Piscataway, as a wide receiver and cornerback, he said.

"It doesn't matter to me what position right now," Barnwell said. "I just want to play."

Barnwell becomes the face of the Piscataway Chiefs next season with many key seniors graduating from this year's championship team.

"There's never pressure on just me.," Barnwell said on trying to repeat as champions. "We're going to rebuild, come back, work harder and start the year off right."

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