Barnwell Visits Rutgers for Basketball Win

Early 2013 four-star athlete Nadir Barnwell of Piscataway Township High School (N.J.) took the short trip from home to Rutgers Monday night for another unofficial visit with the coaching staff. Taking in the basketball team's victory over Notre Dame from the student section, Barnwell reacted to the visit and picking up his third verbal scholarship offer.

Piscataway Township 2013 athlete Nadir Barnwell projects to be a national recruit through the next season, but lives nearly within walking distance of Rutgers, the first school to verbally give him a scholarship offer.

Barnwell was on campus for the third time since December Monday night for the basketball team's victory over Notre Dame, where he watched the game with members of the coaching staff.

"It was cool to see Rutgers outside of football because it was different," Barnwell said. "I usually just see Rutgers at the football games and outside of the stadium, so it was cool to see something different."

Barnwell took in the game with head coach Greg Schiano and assistants Jeff Hafley and Robb Smith. Hafley coaches defensive backs, where Barnwell is an all-state player and Smith recruits his area.

"It was good to get to know them as people and not just my coach," Barnwell said. "I don't get to talk to them much during the season except for a little bit in between practices. It was good to be able to just talk to them as regular people."

Barnwell also watched the game with fellow 2013 recruit Kyle LaPorte. LaPorte has yet to receive a verbal offer but is garnering interest from Rutgers and Penn State among others.

"It's great to be able to share this experience with somebody and know that he's going through the same thing as me," Barnwell said. "It's great to have somebody to talk to that's going through the same process that I am. I talk to my dad about this stuff, but I talk to Kyle a lot too."

Barnwell has no leaders or plan for a verbal commitment, but said he is most familiar with Rutgers. "I know a lot about them, plus it's close to home," Barnwell said. "I really like Rutgers."

Piscataway and Rutgers under Schiano have a strong relationship. Rutgers defensive end Marvin Booker and wide receiver Jawaun Wynn both came from Piscataway. Rutgers product Anthony Davis, who is set to start at right tackle in the NFC Championship game this weekend, also comes from Piscataway.

Barnwell been aware of verbal offers from Rutgers and Florida since the summer and recently received one from South Carolina. Penn State, Virginia and Notre Dame are also showing interest, he said.

"I plan on making a couple more visits soon, I know Florida will be one of them," Barnwell said. "My dad hasn't told me what he's thinking yet, but I'll take a few."

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