Hampton, Hogan Talk Official Visits

Capping off our official visit coverage, ScarletReport.com spoke with Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham defensive back Saquan Hampton and Ramapo (N.J.) defensive lineman Jimmy Hogan about their Rutgers commitments and weekend on campus.

It was an abbreviated official visit for Hamilton (N.J.) Nottingham defensive back Saquan Hampton. The three-star prospect spent the weekend at Rutgers, but used Saturday morning to take his SAT.

Hampton found plenty of enjoyment out of his Friday and Saturday night, however, and remains excited about the approach of National Signing Day. Hampton spent significant time with special teams coordinator Joe Rossi, who the LeGrand Stand reported Monday as the next defensive coordinator.

Hampton also spent time with host Anthony Cioffi, a freshman cornerback, and freshman receiver Janarion Grant.

"It was exciting to talk to coach Rossi," Hampton said. "Every time I go up there, I just get more excited about the future. … Anthony was a cool guy. I was with mostly him and Janarion all weekend. We were just hanging out, talking about Rutgers and stuff."

Ramapo (N.J.) defensive end Jimmy Hogan was in a similar situation to Hampton with a strong familiarity already built with Rutgers.

Hogan saw defensive line coach Jim Panagos, but spent most of the visit with host Anthony Milito. Milito and Hogan became friends over the summer when he initially committed to Rutgers.

"It was just a really good trip," Hogan said. "I already know everything with their academics and stuff. I was just there to hang out and get to know the other guys. It was great."

Hogan is up to 6-foot-5, 240 pounds coming out of his senior season. He remains unsure of his college position, in limbo between defensive end and 3-technique.

"We didn't really talk about it," Hogan said. "I didn't talk to the coaches much, but I think I'm more of a [defensive] end right now."

Hampton and Hogan both pointed to the sold-out Rutgers basketball game Saturday against Connecticut. The Scarlet Knights lost, after holding a second-half lead, but the environment with 8,000 fans stood out.

"That was my favorite part of the visit," Hogan said. "The game was really good. I liked when the fans were chanting R-U."


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