Red Bank Catholic lineman Quenton Nelson is a prime example. Nelson grew up a fan of multiple programs, including Rutgers, but has his sights set on great academics and conference prestige. Rutgers moving to the Big Ten was a major cause for excitement, Nelson said.
"They just won the Big East championship and the fact that I could be a part of something special and possibly help them win their first Big Ten championship would be awesome."
Nelson has been aware of his Rutgers offer for a long time and is close with class of 2013 commit Josh Klecko.
But a stellar junior season has had Nelson's list of offers explode. Events like today's junior day at Rutgers and relationships with the staff have the Scarlet Knights doing well with one of the top 2014 prospects in the state.
"It was awesome," Nelson said on his visit. "It's always a good time when I go up there. Practice was really up-tempo, no breaks. Everyone was moving and I had a fun day today."
"It's just amazing," Nelson said. "A lot of kids would probably want to be in my position to meet someone like coach Meyer. I liked him a lot and Ohio State is a great program."
Nelson cited APR and relationships with the coaches as his top recruiting interests. An impressive strength and conditioning coach is another key factor, he said.
"[Rutgers strength coach Jeremy Cole] is really high energy," Nelson said. "He's always upbeat, the kind of coach I would want."
Nelson has no other unofficial visits planned at this time.