As Kyle Queiro gained comfort and experience playing in the secondary at Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.), schools began to notice.
Rutgers was one of them, and the Scarlet Knights offered the 6-foot-3, 185-pounder Tuesday afternoon.
"I received an offer from Rutgers on Valentine's Day," Queiro emailed ScarletReport.com. "I am not sure if that is an omen but it is my father's alma mater and the only D1 school in my home state.
"However, it is too early to make decisions, I plan to attend Junior Day next week at Penn State, then Maryland and an unofficial visit to Ohio State during my winter break since I missed OSU's Junior Day because I had a semifinal basketball game."
It had to be a particularly joyous day for the family considering Queiro's father knows Rutgers well.
"My cousin and my father went to Rutgers, plus it's right in the area," he said. "How could I look past a school like that? They (didn't play at Rutgers) but it doesn't matter. They are still kind of pushing me to go there."
Queiro also holds offers from Boston College, Colorado, North Carolina State, Northwestern and Cincinnati. He attended Rutgers an underclassman recruiting event in December and he is looking forward to seeing more of the school.
"I went to their junior day (in December) but it was more toward the end when they were practicing," Queiro said. "I don't really know the new coach (Kyle Food) but I am going up to camp in the summer so I will learn more. All I know about (Flood) is he was originally part of the staff and he moved over."
Rutgers has plenty of time to build a relationship with Queiro because he doesn't plan on making an early decision. And given Scarlet Knights offensive coordinator Dave Brock and running backs coach Ben Sirmans came from Boston College, there is familiarity with Flood's new staff.
"Most likely I would not make my decision until a few days before signing day because I want to evaluate every single school and give them all the appropriate consideration," Queiro said. "They took the time to evaluate me and they see me as a player that fits their system, and I want to do the same for them."
One of the keys in Queiro's recruitment is his future position.
Queiro grew up as a receiver, but played it sparingly in 2011 because his concentration was at safety. Queiro had 10 catches for 145 yards and five touchdowns and made 44 tackles and intercepted four passes.
"When I was a little I played more offense, but now I'm getting accustomed to playing defense so I don't mind it," Queiro said. "As the season wore on, I made some adjustments and things just clicked. I think it was finally getting more comfortable with the position, and tendencies and watching film and our coaches …they are really some of the best in the state."
Another key point is whether Queiro wants to stay home or go away for college.
"To be honest, some days it's like, ‘I want to get out of here,' " he said. "But it's always nice to look into the stands and see your mom or a familiar face. It would be nice to have my family around to be in touch, but at the same time I would like to expand my horizons and be able to go away."