Marini to Visit for Rutgers Home Opener

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini is set for his first visit to Rutgers since making his summer verbal commitment. Set to visit Rutgers for the Howard game this weekend, Marini spoke with about life after his commitment and expectations of his trip to Piscataway.

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini visited Rutgers with his father and committed shortly afterwards this summer. With a game Friday night, Marini plans to fly to New Jersey early Saturday morning to return to campus as a committed prospect.

One of the premiere visitors for the Rutgers home opener, Marini said he is looking forward to visit No. 2 in Piscataway.

"It's going to be great," Marini said. "I'm really excited about it. … I'm going with my mom and my dad."

Marini's mother did not visit with him during the summer and showing her his future home I exciting, he said.

"It's going to be really cool," Marini said. "I'm really excited about that. I haven't seen the [game day] environment in person.

"I just want to get back to Rutgers and get back to that atmosphere. I only got to go there once and I thought it was amazing. I'm really looking forward to getting back there."

A major influence in Marini's early commitment was to focus on his senior year. Marini made his verbal commitment to Rutgers shortly after his visit to campus this summer, choosing the Scarlet Knights over finalists UCF, Minnesota and South Florida.

"Things have been great for me right now," Marini said. "We had a big win in our first game last Friday; we came back and won with four seconds left on the clock with the game-winning touchdown. Now I'm just getting ready for Winter Springs [tomorrow] night then heading to Rutgers."

Marini, a 6-foot-4 three-star prospect, said an end to the recruiting process has been refreshing.

"There's no doubt that it's helped me," he said. "I'm enjoying it. I was talking to coaches every day. Now being able to say that I'm going to be a Scarlet Knight is all I need.

"It's been great. I talk to [Rutgers] every day. … It was great watching the [Tulane] game last week. They were using tight ends and it was exciting, great start."

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