"He loves coach Panagos and they seemed to hit it off really good," Roberts said. "The DB's coach, Darrell Wilson, he seems kind of like his position coach at Gateway. He's an old-school type guy. He's a well-respected defensive backs coach, so he liked that.
"He told me the other day when he got back from Indiana that he wants to go to Rutgers. He'll be visiting there this weekend to get everything he needs."
Indiana and Southern Mississippi offered Wharton Tuesday afternoon, but the in-home visit from Flood and Panagos sealed it for Rutgers. The educational opportunities and the chance to play in the Big Ten stood out.
"As far as going to Rutgers, it's a good school," Roberts said. "It's a great academic school and that's what him and his mom wants. The education is first, not just football. Plus [there is] the Big Ten. That's huge, man. As far as what he can bring to the table, he's a lock-down, shut-down corner. By the time this kid is a senior, the sky is the limit for him."
Wharton had primarily FCS interesting going into a senior year that saw his recruitment heat up. A former Weber State commit, Wharton's senior film quickly drew Rutgers into the equation.
Rutgers offered Wharton last week, and is getting value out of the 6-foot, 180-pound corner, Roberts said.
"Isaiah is the definition of a shut-down corner, man," he said. "He's a great cornerback and Rutgers is going to be getting a special football player.
"He had an incredible senior year. He went against Ryan Sousa and he shut him down. Another kid that's a pretty high recruit around hear named Buck Solomon, Isaiah shut him down. He had two picks against Solomon. Not to mention, he's playing both ways the entire year. He never came off the field. He had a great senior year doing everything for us."