Marini Gives Rutgers Visit High Marks

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end commit Taylor Marini took his official visit to Rutgers over the weekend. It was not Marini's first trip to campus, but it was a weekend of many firsts for the three-star tight end commit.

Lake Mary (Fla.) tight end Taylor Marini did not visit Rutgers to help him make a decision or get any burning questions answered. For the 6-foot-3 tight end commit, the official visit weekend was about bonding with others in the program and having a great time.

Heading home from his visit, Marini said he feels ready to sign.

"The whole weekend was first class," Marini said. "[My family] really enjoyed it and we're ready to become Scarlet Knights."

Growing up in Central Florida, snow was perhaps the biggest cause for excitement when visiting Rutgers. Marini said he was not the only Florida recruit to get excited by it.

"We all kind of took a step back and smiled," Marini said. "I think the last time it snowed where I live in Florida was like 1985, so I wasn't even born yet. It doesn't happen often. To see it in Times Square was incredible."

Marini committed to Rutgers in the summer after taking an unofficial visit with his father. After helping his team to a 7-3 record as a senior, Marini said he is doing his part to finish the class of 2013 strong.

With Rutgers still recruiting Skai Moore and Janarion Grant out of Florida, Marini said he simply broke down the reasons he chose to commit.

"I just told them that Rutgers has something you can't find anywhere else," Marini said. "It's a great program that treats you like family. They're heading to a great conference and building a championship program and they're in the New York job market for after you graduate."

Freshman offensive lineman Chris Muller hosted Marini on his official visit.

"Hanging with Chris was a blast," Muller said. "… [He said] you have to stay humble to be successful. He's working really hard and happy at Rutgers."

Marini officially measured in at 6-foot-3, 255 pounds.

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