Marini Sets June Visits, Talks Leaders

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini has one of the busier two-week periods of his life kicking off next week with major recruiting repercussions. Marini is honed in on three schools, but has seven visits planned over 14 days before he makes his college choice.

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini continues to list Rutgers at the top of his list alongside South Florida and Minnesota, but a crazy two weeks of visits could change everything in terms of his recruitment.

Starting June 11 at Mississippi State, Marini will visit seven programs in seven different states to get a better idea of his college interests.

"It's all over the place, but I'm so excite," Marini said. "Since I was in the fourth grade, I've been trying to do this as a football player. I'm doing everything I can to get ready and training hard this week. I can't wait to go out there and show what I got."

Marini wants to make his college decision midway through the summer to avoid recruiting influencing his senior season with Lake Mary.

Marini has unofficial visits or camps planned for the next two weeks to Mississippi State, Florida State, South Carolina, Duke, Rutgers, Minnesota and West Virginia.

"I think it's really important to take my visits now," he said. "I'm enjoying the process, but at the same time, I want to put this behind me and go back to the team that I play for right now and that's Lake Mary. We're going to work hard and try to pull this off and go all the way."

Coming out of the spring, Rutgers emerged at the top of his list with strong interest in South Florida and Minnesota as well. His June 18 visit will be his first trip to New Jersey.

"I just want to get a feel for the campus and a feel for what it's like to be in New Jersey," he said. "I've never been there before my whole life. I've been to New York once, but I don't think New Jersey is anything like that, so I just want to get a feel for everything and talk to some players. Right now they're at the top of my list, so that's where they stand."

Marini cited his relationship with Rutgers tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins and the family atmosphere around the program as his main interests in the Scarlet Knights.

"Rutgers is standing at the top right now because Coach Dinkins just brings a lot to the table," Marini said. "He has the experience of playing my position at the NFL. I've got a good relationship with [defensive line coach Jim Panagos]. I really enjoy talking to all of them. … They didn't recruit a tight end last year, so they want to get one really badly."

Marini received scouting visits from both Dinkins and Panagos during the spring evaluation period.

"He came down a couple weeks ago and it was great meeting Coach Dinkins," Marini said. "I thought the amount of knowledge that he had was phenomenal. I was very impressed by the way he carries himself and whatnot. I really enjoyed talking to him briefly."

Marini has no specific date to cut his list or make a decision, but said the summer remains his target timeframe.

Marini's visit schedule

June 11 – Mississippi State

June 14 – Florida State

June 15- South Carolina

June 16 – Duke

June 18 – Rutgers

Undetermined – Minnesota and Virginia

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