Rutgers Visit Impresses McKeesport QB

McKeesport (Pa.) quarterback Ed Stockett took his first visit to Rutgers, receiving a verbal scholarship offer last month. His lone scholarship offer, Stockett discussed his impressions of his first visit to campus and thoughts on the spring game.

McKeesport (Pa.) quarterback Ed Stockett thoroughly enjoyed his trip to Rutgers for the spring game, but the most significant step in his recruitment may come tomorrow when he receives a visit from quarterbacks coach Rob Spence.

As a part of the spring evaluation period, Spence gets the chance to visit McKeesport High during a workout and see Stockett throw in person for the first time.

"I sat down with Coach Spence [before the spring game] and he pulled out his evaluation paper on me and went over it," Stockett said. "The only doubt on that paper was, ‘definitely want to see this kid in person.' He said I'm one of the top quarterback athletes on their list, but that was just off my tape because he hasn't seen me in person."

Stockett has an after-school workout tomorrow with his teammates tomorrow and Spence will be in attendance for scouting purposes.

"He said the one throw he really wants to see me make is the deep ball," Stockett said. "I'm excited to show him what I can do because he's definitely a great coach. He's the position coach at the school at the top of my list."

Rutgers is the lone offer for Stockett, but the 6-foot-4 quarterback is receiving interest from South Carolina, Penn State and Michigan State.

Stockett has his eyes on a decision by the end of May, but may take longer if it does not feel right, he said.

While visiting Rutgers for the spring game, Stockett met head coach Kyle Flood for the first time and toured Busch Campus before kickoff.

"I thought it was awesome. It was a good trip. We met with Coach Spence and [tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins] and we talked a lot about their backgrounds," Stockett said. "I'm really impressed by Coach Spence's reputation for developing quarterbacks. That's definitely a good thing."

In a 1-on-1 meeting with Flood, Stockett said the two discussed what his role in the program could be and got to know each other on a personal level.

"I met with Coach Flood personally and he said he thought the world of me being a quarterback and he liked me a lot," Stockett said. "He told me just how small of a world it is. Coach Spence actually gave Coach Flood his first coaching job and now they're all back together again."

Stockett's mother and father were impressed by the visit as well, he said, and that he would like to return with his sister for another visit.

"My biggest thing is family," Stockett said. "With my high school, our team is a family and that's something I want to keep going. That's the No. 1 thing. We didn't bring my sister down She's 11 and she's my No. 1 fan. We didn't bring her down and Coach Spence was asking about her and wondering where she was. It's things like that."

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