The next Division I prospect out of Union City was one of five from the school to unofficially visit Rutgers Saturday, where he picked up his first offer.
"I was in complete shock," said the 6-fooot-3, 270-pound two-way lineman. "[Head coach Kyle Flood] was amazing. He's the real deal. It was great because he told me everything I wanted to hear, and that's about it."
De Los Santos spent the morning with his Union City teammates, including Gonzalez and safety Daiquan Kelly. He met with Flood midway through the visit, and left the second-floor Hale Center office with his first opportunity at a free college education.
"He told me that he wanted to have the best defensive linemen in New Jersey to stay home," De Los Santos said. "He told me he wanted to be the first one to offer me. … It was super fun. I had a lot of fun with my teammates today."
De Los Santos cited defensive line coach Jim Panagos as another highlight for his trip to Piscataway, N.J.
"He's another coach that's the real deal," De Los Santos said. "He's a workout warrior. He just gets it done. He wants to work, and he's the type of coach that will push me."
De Los Santos has not visited any other colleges, but plans to meet with Union City coach Wil Valdez about taking spring visits. He has one set for April to see a Rutgers spring practice.
"It's a great atmosphere," he said. "The field is beautiful. We went to a basketball game, and it was a great atmosphere. They had a big win. It was a good vibe. I loved the weight room. It was beautiful. I'm the type of guy that loves the weight room. That's important."