Applefield Discusses the Latest

Weeki Wachee (Fla.) offensive lineman Marcus Applefield exploded onto the season this summer and has been busy on the visit trail. Applefield recently visited Syracuse and discussed the latest in his recruitment and some schools intensifying their recruitment.

Weeki Wachee (Fla.) three-star offensive lineman Marcus Applefield has no decision date in mind but sees positives in getting things done this summer. Applefield has no time-table in mind and wants to keep his leaders quiet, but sees an end in sight.

"I know I'd like to [commit] before the season so I can focus on football," he said. "But if I don't, that's fine. It's an important decision. It can wait if it has to."

Rutgers remains a school of high interest for Applefield, who also named Vanderbilt, Georgia Tech, Purdue, Kentucky and Georgia as schools showing the most interest in recruiting.

Coach Kyle Flood and the staff impressed Applefield with everyone dressed in camouflage Rutgers gear upon his arrival.

"It's cool because something like that shows how much they want me in their program." Applefield said. "Plus, they looked great."

The family atmosphere given off by programs like Rutgers is one of the top interests for Applefield when he looks at a decision, he said.

"I want a family atmosphere," he said. "That's really big for me, obviously somewhere I can be comfortable with away from home because I'm not going to be home during the season. A nice atmosphere and people and coaches I get along with is it pretty much."

Applefield spent the end of June at Syracuse. He was in the area to see family, however, and only spent a small amount of time on campus.

"It's a really nice area actually," Applefield said. "It's definitely a little bit more than I expected. Mostly I've been with family and playing some basketball, but other than that I like what I've seen overall. Everyone is really nice. It's nice to see a lot of young people with all of the old people in Florida I guess."

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