Head coach Kyle Flood and Rutgers made it clear with their level of recruitment that Marini was a prime target in the Class of 2013. After sending multiple coaches to see him during the spring evaluation period, the Scarlet Knights hosted him on an unofficial visit last week with his father and greatly impressed them both with the school.
"It was awesome," Marini said after his visit. "[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.
"[My dad] thought it was a really good situation."
While on his visit, Marini had his first 1-on-1 meeting with Flood, who sold the program well, and spent time with players Darius Hamilton and Paul Carrezola Marini committed to Rutgers over seven other offers, including UCF, South Florida and Minnesota. He was most heavily recruited by tight ends coach Darnell Dinkins and defensive line coach Jim Panagos, who recruited him at UCF before changing schools.
Marini is the second tight end commit in the Class of 2013, which was a top position of need for the Scarlet Knights.