Junior College DT Heurtelou Visits Rutgers

Scottsdale (Az.) Junior College defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou was a key name on the Rutgers campus this week as an official visitor. Heurtelou spoke with ScarletReport.com in-depth about his official visit and where the Scarlet Knights stand after returning home.

Scottsdale (Az.) Junior College defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou is still on the market, and may not have a decision before the start of the JuCo signing period. But after taking an official visit to Rutgers, Heurtelou said the top schools are starting to emerge.

Naming Miami, Missouri, Rutgers and Arizona, Heurtelou described his recruitment as "up in the air."

"I'm in no rush, because I have to weigh my options," Heurtelou said. "I haven't picked a leader or anything like that."

Heurtelou checks in at 6-foot-4, 295 pounds and sees a chance for early playing time at Rutgers. He also saw a coaching staff and scheme that fits his skill set.

"I loved every aspect of [Rutgers]," Herutelou said. "It's a great place. I felt at home with the players, and the facilities. Everything was good."

Heurtelou said his favorite part of a 48-hour stint in Piscataway was the time spent with the defensive linemen. Sophomore Darius Hamilton and red-shirt freshman Julian Pinnix-Odrick played host.

Defensive line coach Jim Panagos also stood out as a highlight, he said.

"Hanging with coach Panagos and the players was my favorite part I would said," Heurtelou said. "I learned a lot about them from touring the facilities and talking about their plans. They have big plans joining the Big Ten, and … I was impressed."

With the rest of the prospects, Heurtelou spent time New York with the staff, and in the apartments with the players.

"Darius and Julian were good," he said. "I enjoyed being around them. They're good guys, that reminded me of me. They're guys I could call teammates."

Before the trip into the city, Heurtelou watched the first Rutgers bowl practice in preparation for Notre Dame at Yankee Stadium.

"I liked it," he said. "I liked how fast paced it was. I liked how they did things. I liked the way the coaches ran it."

Heurtelou comes from nearby Spring Valley, N.Y., and has some interest in being closer to home after two years in Scottsdale. He attended junior college to gather more national attention, and might wait to take a January visit before a decision.

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