Exclusive: Schiano On Huge Recruiting Day

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- Rutgers will have dozens of class of 2013 prospects on campus today for unofficial visits to watch practice and learn more about the school and football program. Players are expected from six states, and Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano spoke to ScarletReport.com about it.

PISCATAWAY, N.J. – Rutgers resumes bowl practice this afternoon and the action inside the practice bubble should be fast-paced and hard-hitting, and the action on the perimeter will also be worth watching.

The Scarlet Knights coaching staff will have dozens of the top underclassmen in the region on campus, ranging from the Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.) trio of Greg Webb, Dajaun Drennon and Myles to Fork Union (Va.) High quarterback Christian Hackenberg to Dunbar High (Washington, D.C.) offensive lineman Derwin Gray and so many others.

While many schools are using the weekend to host official visitors before the holiday "dead period" begins, Rutgers is getting a huge jump on the 2013 class by having so many high-priority targets on campus.

And since the "dead period" starts at 12:01 a.m. Sunday, it means Rutgers will have the last contact with a number of high-profile recruits before things go quiet. It enables the Scarlet Knights to make a lasting impression.

"We have great relationships with guys that are freshmen, sophomores and juniors," Rutgers coach Greg Schiano told ScarletReport.com. "We're going to have some of these younger guys here to watch practice and enjoy it."

Players from New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia and Washington, D.C., are expected on campus for unofficial visits. It will allow players to speak and meet with members of the coaching staff, get a tour of the facilities and watch practice.

The idea is to further relationships with many of the region's top prospects while showing off the program with the backdrop of bowl practice.

"It's real important, and I think it's a tribute to the job (recruiting coordinator) Tariq (Ahmad) is doing," Schiano said. "We're so far ahead in indentifying and really being on the guys that we think are Rutgers guys."

"Usually, this was in May or June, and now it's in December. We're having some visitors to campus to come here and enjoy it."

NCAA rules prohibit Schiano from discussing individual players. ScarletReport.com contacted players and high school coaches and to learn who was is tentatively set to visit Saturday.

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