Marini Visiting Rutgers Tomorrow

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini will visit Rutgers tomorrow. With the Scarlet Knights high on his list before a busy June of visits, they will have a chance to show Marini the sights on his unofficial visit. Marini spoke with about his expectations and excitement for the visit.

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini has had Rutgers high on his list for a variety of reasons, including his relationship with position coach Darnell Dinkins.

Marini, however, has yet to meet head coach Kyle Flood and that will be the key part of his Thursday unofficial visit during a busy June of travel.

"The head coach is an extremely important part of my decision," Marini said. "We're excited about meeting Coach Flood and I can't wait to see him on Thursday."

Marini visited Minnesota yesterday on his tour of schools this June. His goal is to see as much as possible now so that he is ready to make a decision soon thereafter.

The tight end has no date for decision in mind, but wants to do so before the start of his senior season to focus on winning a state title.

"It's been great," Marini said. "We've gotten to a couple of schools and learned about the different kinds of atmospheres and we're taking it all in to make an informed decision afterwards. I'm really enjoying the process right now and just want it to keep it going."

Marini listed Rutgers as one of his top choices at the start of the summer and continues to keep a strong interest in the program. His relationship with Dinkins, he said, is a big part of his interest in the school along with the academic opportunities offered.

"I can't wait to see Coach Dinkins again," Marini said. "I'm looking forward to it a lot because he's a great coach and we've built a good relationship.

"It's definitely going to be good to meet all the coaches and meet everybody at Rutgers. I want to learn what it would be like to be a Scarlet Knight."

Marini ranks in as the No. 55 tight end in the Class of 2013, with offers from eight FBS programs.

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