Four-star Barnwell Weighs in on Rutgers

Piscataway (N.J.) four-star cornerback Nadir Barnwell plans to visit Rutgers tomorrow for spring practice. Up to nine verbal scholarship offers, Barnwell discussed his recruiting plans for the spring and thoughts on the coaching changes at Rutgers.

Even in a time when Rutgers was without a head coach, Piscataway (N.J.) four-star cornerback Nadir Barnwell never lost contact with the school. Barnwell had strong relationships with head coach Kyle Flood and assistant Robb Smith before their promotions and has two close friends on the team.

Defensive ends Marvin Booker and Jawaun Wynn are Piscataway products and keep in touch with Barnwell with the inside scoop on the Scarlet Knights.

"I've asked a couple players like Marvin Booker about how they like Coach Flood," Barnwell said. "I kind of know him and my coach (Dan Higgins) is friends with him. They said they like the new coaching staff. They liked the previous coaches like Coach (Greg) Schiano and the ones that left, but they said they think Flood's a great coach. I like him as well. I would want to play for him if I go to Rutgers."

Barnwell has met with the new staff multiple times at basketball games and will do so again tomorrow when he visits for a spring practice.

"I'm looking forward to seeing my old teammates play when I visit," Barnwell said. "I grew up watching Marvin Booker and I played with Jawaun Wynn a lot. They've always pointed me in the right direction and teach me the right way to do things. They help me learn, so maybe I won't mistakes that they made."

Barnwell is up to nine verbal scholarship offers, most recently adding Virginia, North Carolina, Massachusetts and Kansas. He also holds offers from Notre Dame and Florida.

Barnwell said UCLA and USC are now in the picture as well, and talking about extending an offer.

"It's been a really exciting trip for me and my family, just to know that my hard work is getting rewarded and paying off," Barnwell said. "It's exiting, but I have to keep working hard moving forward to make these schools keep their interest in me. It's great to know that they think I'm one of the top athletes."

Barnwell said he will visit Tennessee with his coaches this spring and check out Pittsburgh while in the city for a 7-on-7 tournament.

He plans to return to Rutgers for the spring game April 28.


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