Palmetto (Fla.) does not get snow often, and for running back commit Josh Hicks, his Sunday night in New York City was a dream experience.
"It was something out of a movie," Hicks said. "I felt like I was in a movie. I just really had a great time. I loved every minute of it."
Freshman receiver Janarion Grant picked Rutgers after a snowy official visit last year. He hosted Hicks this year, and gave off nothing but positive vibes.
"He is a great person," Hicks said. "Janarion talked with me about how to make an impact right away. I think I can come and help out Rutgers right away."
The cold was an adjustment for Hicks, but he dressed warm for the game, and said that the intensity of the Rutgers 31-6 win over USF kept him comfortable.
"I really enjoyed watching the coaches and coach [Kyle] Flood," Hicks said. "I'm excited to play for them, and they looked great against USF. Now they're playing Notre Dame in the bowl game."
Hicks camped at Rutgers two summers ago, and committed after seeing a handful of SEC and ACC schools his junior year. The bruising running back saw his offer list soar into double digits after back-to-back impact seasons for Palmetto.
The official visit was the first visit for Hicks to Rutgers since the summer of 2012, but he felt comfortable because of Flood and the staff, he said.
"They said they were happy I came back home," Hicks said. "Rutgers feels like my home. I can't wait to sign my name."
Hicks spent time with the other commits, saying he was disappointed to learn that Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast cornerback Kam Lott visited earlier in the season. New commit Waynedriko Smith and Weeki Wachee (Fla.) offensive linemen Marcus Applefield were two that he gave special attention.
"I enjoyed getting to know [Applefield]," Hicks said. "I hope he is blocking for me next year. … I think he might."