Longa Recaps Rutgers Official Visit

Saddle Brook (N.J.) linebacker Steve Longa is no stranger to Rutgers after committing early in the summer, but said his weekend official visit was different than anything he experienced. Set to sign with the Scarlet Knights next week, Longa spoke with ScarletReport.com about his visit.

Rutgers linebacker Steve Beauharnais went from Saddle Brook High School to college and made an immediate impact at the position. Finishing his high-school career at St. Joseph's (Montvale, N.J.) after three at Saddle Brook, Beauharnais went on to make four starts and recorded 36 tackles and five sacks his freshman season.

The next Rutgers linebacker out of the Saddle Brook area, Steve Longa, hopes to do the same.

"I'm just very excited to get there," Longa said after his official visit. "When I committed, I knew everything was good, I knew everything. I was sure about my decision and I never doubted it for a second. This weekend just made me want to get down there as early as possible. I want to sign that paper and I want to start learning. I want to sign that paper and have that playbook."

Beauharnais hosted Longa on his official visit this weekend. Before transferring to St. Joe's, Beauharnais spent his junior season as a teammate to Longa, who was a freshman at the time.

"I requested him actually, and we had a really good time together," Longa said.

Longa said the key part of the visit came at times when football was not the focus.

Unlike visits to other schools that friends told him about, Rutgers stressed the importance of everything else it could offer from an education and lifestyle standpoint.

"There is going to be a lot to balance," Longa said. "You have football, you have class, it all fits into your schedule, but it's a lot. You're up early in the morning working hard every day. They spent a lot of time talking about that. That meant a lot to me and my parents."

A trip to Dave & Buster's in New York and a weekend with futures teammates provided plenty of fun along the way.

"It was just a great weekend," Longa said. "It was lots of fun . I was talking to other recruits that had been to other places and they were saying, ‘it was good, but this one is the best.' Rutgers took its time to show us everything. They aren't worried about just football. They take care of education and what it takes to build a football team. Those are the things I really enjoyed."

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