Stockett Ready for Rutgers Visit

McKeesport (Pa.) quarterback Ed Stockett will visit the first and only school to verbally offer him a scholarship when he heads to Rutgers Saturday for the spring game. What does Stockett want to see on his visit and how close could he be to making a decision?

McKeesport (Pa.) quarterback Ed Stockett made it clear while discussing his upcoming unofficial visit to Rutgers. If the visit goes well and he and his family feel comfortable with it, Stockett could see himself bringing an end to recruitment.

"I could definitely see myself committing," Stockett said.

Rutgers was the first to offer the 6-foot-4 quarterback and has been recruiting him hard since the offer came in last month. Stockett remains in constant contact with the coaching staff, he said, and is excited to make the five-hour drive for his first visit to campus.

"I'm looking forward to this big time," Stockett said. "It's a chance to meet the whole coaching staff. They were the first place to give me an opportunity, an offer to play at the next level. I'll always appreciate that. I'm just excited to get over there, meet people, tour the campus."

Stockett has been on unofficial visits to Penn State, Michigan State and South Carolina, but said he did not look forward to any of those as much as his upcomming Rutgers trips. Between holding a verbal offer and positive reviews from former McKeesport stars Branden Jackson and Delvon Simmons, Stockett has high expectations.

"It will be a different perspective," Stockett said. "I want to see how the coaches are. They run the same offense as the New Orleans Saints. That's definitely a big step in the direction I want to go. I love to throw the ball. I love to move around a little."

Stockett plans to major in sports management. He hopes to learn more about the opportunities offered at Rutgers and meet with academic advisors while on campus.

His most anticipated meetings, however, will be with head coach Kyle Flood, quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins, who recruits his area.

"I'm definitely looking forward to meeting Coach Flood and Coach Spence and seeing Coach Dinkins too," Stockett said. "Coach Dinkins is great because he talks to me about football stuff, but he's spending time talking to my whole family. It isn't just about football for him. Rutgers is all about the family environment. That's great."

Stockett would like to wrap up his recruitment soon and does not want to have it drag on into his senior season. He is receiving interest from other schools and has a college day coming up at his school, but Rutgers remains his lone offer.

The Scarlet Knights will be one of many programs at McKeesport on his college day, he said.

"I don't want recruiting to interfere with what we're trying to do next year," Stockett said. "I want to decide by the summer."

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