NJ 4-Star Barnwell Takes Two Rutgers Visits

Piscataway (N.J.) four-star defensive back Nadir Barnwell took two visits to Rutgers this week including a long day at the spring game. Fresh off a dominant performance at the NLA Eastern Regional 7-on-7, Barnwell continues to project as a top recruit in the region.

Growing up in Piscataway, N.J., four-star defensive back Nadir Barnwell continues to take full advantage of his close proximity to Rutgers University. The Piscataway Township High School star made the trip across town twice this week, including a visit for the annual spring game.

Barnwell was one of the top Rutgers recruits in attendance at High Point Solutions Stadium and left with another positive impression of the program.

"I'm grateful that I got to meet the head coach (Kyle Flood) again and I got to watch the game," Barnwell said. "It wasn't that close because the scarlet team totally blew them out but it was a great experience. Going to Rutgers is always great. I always have some great food and feel really comfortable."

Barnwell enjoyed the game, specifically seeing former teammates Marvin Booker and Jawaun Wynn perform well on the Rutgers defense. The two combined for three tackles and Booker blanked his opponents.

"[The game]was great because I got to see Jawaun and Booker get some real PT," Barnwell said. "It's been a while since Piscataway guys have really been playing at Rutgers."

Rutgers hosted Barnwell two days prior on an unscheduled after-school visit. Meeting with many program figure heads, Barnwell enjoyed more time with Flood and some members of the team.

"I met with the dean (Carl Kirschner) and academic (advisor) Scott Walker," Barnwell said. "I like both of them a lot and I met with Coach Flood again. Then I was just hanging out with the players, got something to eat and talked about some football and went home."

In addition to his former Piscataway teammates, Barnwell is close with former top New Jersey recruits Savon Huggins and Miles Shuler.

"They're trying to recruit me a little, but they're more just talking to me athlete to athlete from that standpoint," Barnwell said. "They just tell me go where you feel happy. Go where you feel comfortable. Go where you're going to play. They also tell me they love Rutgers. I like Rutgers already, but they tell me how much more they like it when they got there and how comfortable they are. They love being close to home, but at the same time, it's not too close."

Barnwell said he will have a busy summer of visits before considering a decision. He has no leaders, but said a handful of schools are starting to separate themselves in his mind.

"The main things for me are a place where I can play and a great education," he said. "Playing close to home really isn't that big of a factor to me. I really wouldn't mind playing far away. I would like to have my parents see me play, but going away wouldn't be a problem."

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