Rutgers Visits Culkin for Second Time

For the second time in less than a month, Indian Rocks Christian (Largo, Fla.) tight end Sean Culkin received a visit from the Rutgers coaching staff. After receiving a scholarship offer two weeks ago, Culkin discussed where the Scarlet Knights stand among his top schools.

Indian Rocks Christian (Largo, Fla.) tight end Sean Culkin received visits from two colleges today and it led to a comical encounter. Receiving his second visit from Rutgers assistant coach Chris Hewitt, Culkin said Hewitt and an Iowa State assistant crossed paths in a battle to recruit him.

"As Rutgers was leaving, Iowa State came in and it was like an, ‘uh oh. See you in a couple of weeks,"' Culkin said. "They have that big game coming up."

Culkin has no leaders but has already taken official visits to both Iowa State and Missouri. He has no more visits planned for now, but he does not think he is done visiting before making his decision.

"Right now it will be a dead period for the next couple of weeks," Culkin said. "During that time, I can really sit down and talk with my family. I can narrow down my schools to a short list in the next couple of week and figure out any more visits. ... I don't think I will decide soon."

Culkin returned from his official visit to Missouri Sunday night.

"Missouri was a great trip," he said. "I really liked everything they offered and it was cool. They run a spread, but they also put a couple tight ends in [the NFL] in the last couple years, so that was cool."

One advantage for Rutgers in the recruitment of Culkin is the pro-style offense run by offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

While spending time with Hewitt, Culkin said he got a strong feel for how he would be used in a Rutgers offense.

"This time, we talked more about specific things," he said. "We talked about how I fit in their pro-style offense and about how their offense is like the NFL. He was explaining to me what tight end was like in their West Coast offense and stuff."

Culkin has yet to speak with head coach Greg Schiano since Rutgers offered him a scholarship two weeks ago.

"He gave me the number today, so I'll probably be speaking with him soon," Culkin said. " ... I like Coach Hewitt. He's a good coach. He talks about everything. We talk about the football stuff, but we also talk about life. He's a cool guy."

Rutgers invited Culkin to officially visit Jan. 20, he said, which is shaping up to be the biggest visitor weekend of the year in Piscataway. Culkin is unsure if he will visit, but said it is something he is considering.

"That's something I will look at," he said. "I have to talk with my family."

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