Toplyn Breaks Down Rutgers Visit

Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI athlete Alex Toplyn took in a day at Rutgers over the weekend, and recapped the highlights of his unofficial visit in an interview with

Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI 2015 prospect Alex Toplyn is being recruited as a strong safety by Rutgers, and his time spent with defensive backs coach Darrell Wilson was a highlight of his weekend visit.

Wilson recruits South Jersey and coaches the safeties, so the pair had plenty to discuss in a Saturday meeting.

"He's really interested in me," Toplyn said. "We had a great talk about me maybe coming there on a scholarship after I got to their summer camp. It was one of my favorite parts of the day talking to him."

The 6-foot-3, 205-pound two-way athlete was in his first year as a defensive back as a junior at Paul VI. Most schools prefer him as a safety to a receiver, and he plans to work more at the position during spring camps.

"I have the body type for more of a strong safety, so that can be a good fit," Toplyn said. "I can see the field well. Last year was only my first year playing defensive back, but I got pretty comfortable there. It was only my first year, but it went well."

Toplyn echoed the comments made by many junior visitors to Rutgers.

The message from coach Kyle Flood regarding family hit home.

"It blew my mind a little just the way coach Flood talked about and expressed family," Toplyn said. "They're not just teammates at Rutgers. They're a family with their coaches.

"I'd say my favorite part was just the emphasis on family. I talked to the players and they kept expressing how they became so close. They come to Rutgers nervous like most college kids. There's a lot of colleges where the upperclassmen won't even talk to the younger players. At Rutgers, they said everyone is close and older guys room with younger guys and stuff."

The tour of the weight room was another highlight for Toplyn.

"I really liked seeing that," he said. "The way they have everything set up in one room, it's amazing. They have a turf field in there for running and the weight room."

Toplyn made the visit alongside three-star receiver Irvin Charles.

"Me and Irvin have always been close," Toplyn said. "We've been playing ball since we were in middle school together on the same team. It was like visiting with my own brother. We talked about all different kinds of things while we were there.

"We've always been interested in going to the same school together. We've always talked about that. He saw some things that he liked and didn't like and same with me. We just kept discussing it back and forth."

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