The Latest on Dontae Strickland

Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick 2015 Dontae Strickland made a return visit to Rutgers last week, and is picking up more interest throughout the region. ScarletReport.com has the latest on Strickland's recruitment.

The most significant note regarding Dontae Stickland's latest Rutgers unofficial visit was that it took place with his parents. Strickland has been a frequent visit to Rutgers dating back to the summer before his junior year.

Showing his parents the program, however, was significant.

"Dontae's parents had a good time, and he obviously did as well," said South Brunswick coach Joe Goerge. "Dontae and his mom and dad are planning out what they're going to do during the spring. He has some other offers he wants to look at."

Unlike Stickland's recent offer from West Virginia, his Rutgers offer is to play running back. The Scarlet Knights were his first offer, and the chance to meet with new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen was key in the recent visit.

The next step for Strickland, is to conquer the SATs Saturday morning.

"They all had a really good visit for junior day last Saturday," Goerge said. "He said he had a great day. I know he's been there 100 times, but he really liked it. He liked talking with all of the new coaches. His family liked it too."

Goerge has two former players currently on the Rutgers roster in linebacker T.J. Taylor and cornerback Anthony Cioffi. Goerge also coached former Scarlet Knights Val Barnaby and Joe Porter.

"I think it's great what's going on at Rutgers," Goerge said. "I really like what Kyle Flood is doing. I think that the whole program with what they're doing and what they're accomplishing on the field, off the field, in the classroom is a really good situation. Obviously now they've got a great opportunity since they're going into the Big Ten. … Dontae or any player would be lucky to end up there."


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