Marini Verbally Commits to Rutgers

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini verbally committed to Rutgers the week after an unofficial visit. Marini, who was a top Rutgers target and the No. 55 tight end in the nation, chose the Scarlet Knights over seven other offers, including South Florida, Minnesota and UCF.

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini did not take long after his unofficial visit to Rutgers to reach a college decision. The top tight end target made his verbal commitment to Rutgers shortly after completing a busy June of visits, according to head coach Scott Perry.

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.

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