Marini Recaps Rutgers Unofficial Visit

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini took an overnight visit to Rutgers with his father and discussed his impressions after the trip with Marini has had a busy June of visits with a decision in his crosshairs upon returning home

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini listed Rutgers as one of his top choices before his late-week visit and said the program did nothing but improve its stock after seeing the campus first hand.

Visiting overnight with his father, Marini said Rutgers "definitely" improved its chances at landing the talented Florida tight end.

"It was awesome. [Head coach Kyle Flood] seemed like a great guy. I very much enjoyed talking to him. I'm very happy with Rutgers and everything they offer."

Marini and his father received a personalized Junior Day visit from the staff and saw much of what Rutgers offers as a program. Marini said he learned what he hoped to out of the visit and Rutgers is in strong consideration when he gets down to making a decision.

"We did pretty much everything," Marini said. "We toured the campus, saw the facilities, talked to the academic advisors. We talked with a lot of coaches. It was great.'

Marini's favorite part of the visit came when he met with current members of the team. Tight end to tight end, Marini spent some time and learned a lot from rising junior Paul Carrezola.

Carrezola committed to Rutgers as a converted tight end prospect and is slated for a heavy workload in training camp.

"We were just hanging out and watched the [Heat] game," Marini said. "He was a great guy. He had a lot of insights on what it was like as a player being at Rutgers and the stuff to consider. We had a lot in common."

Marini made the visit with his father, who was impressed with the academic opportunities at Rutgers, proximity to New York and high Academic Progress Rate.

"He thought it was a really good situation," Marini said.

Aware of the recent commitment of Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) tight end Nick Arcidiacono, Marini said he has no problem committing to a program with someone at his position already coming in.

With the lack of depth behind Carrezola and senior D.C. Jefferson, Rutgers continues to recruit the tight end position hard with playing time to be available.

"That's not a problem," Marini said. " … I like the competition."

Marini has visits to South Florida and UCF set up in the coming days. Hoping to make a decision soon, he will meet with his family and coaches afterwards to narrow down his choices.

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