Taylor Recaps Mid-Week Rutgers Visit

Fresh off two BCS offers in the last 24 hours, South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) athlete T.J. Taylor took an unofficial visit to Rutgers. With most of the school on break, Taylor and his family received 1-on-1 star treatment through every facet of the program.

South Brunswick (Monmouth Junction, N.J.) athlete T.J. Taylor arrived on Rutgers campus shortly after leaving school this afternoon and received an in-depth look at every feature of the Rutgers program while visiting with his family.

Beginning with a campus tour alongside recruiting coordinator Tariq Ahmad and ending with a 1-on-1 meeting with head coach Kyle Flood, the Taylor family left feeling "really satisfied."

"There was a lot of information for me and my parents," Taylor said. "I know my parents were happy to hear about the stuff besides athletics. They answered a lot of questions. We kind of left there feeling really satisfied and really comfortable with Rutgers."

After a campus tour, Taylor and his parents sat down with Dean Carl Kirschner to discuss the importance of academics at Rutgers and what Taylor's options could be.

"He was giving me lots of information about the school, about their graduation rate, about their APR, stuff besides athletics," Taylor said. "He had a nice PowerPoint ready about their alumni."

The next stop on Taylor's campus tour was in the Hale Center where they met with strength and conditioning coach Jeremy Cole.

"We saw the weight room and all of the equipment and workouts they do and the regular routine that the Rutgers players have," Taylor said. "... We actually went up to a room and he showed me, if I came to Rutgers, what projections I would have in their program. ... They think that by the time I'm a senior, I would be 6-foot-2, 210 pounds and run a 4.4 40 [yard dash]."

Before leaving, Taylor met with Flood and had a long conversation about what his role in the program could be.

"We basically were just talking about how I felt about Rutgers, how they felt about me," Taylor said. "He did a really good job answering questions for me and my family. ... Right now they like me on defense, but he said anything can happen. Coach Flood has been saying that anything can change. When [Mohamed Sanu] came to Rutgers, he was supposed to be a defensive back and look what happened. He left as a star wide receiver."

Pittsburgh and Syracuse were the most recent schools to offer Taylor. Both schools project him as a defensive back, but said they are willing to look at him at multiple positions.

Taylor has no leaders, but plans to cut down to two or three schools buy July and make a decision before the beginning of his senior year.

"I want to know where I'm going when we open the season against East Brunswick," Taylor said. "I'm going to take it slow right now, but then start getting ready to really narrow things down and make my choice. I don't have a leader until then."


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