Ports Picks Rutgers

The Rutgers connection to Newark (N.J.) Weequahic High strengthened Tuesday when three-star safety Al-Kadair Ports made his verbal commitment. Ports was close to a decision before making a visit with his mother, and was quick to make his pledge while on campus.

Newark (N.J.) Weequahic three-star safety Al-Kadair Ports was close to a decision before his visit, and saw what he needed at Rutgers to end his recruitment.

Ports saw his recruitment pick up steam in the last month, but kept the Scarlet Knights as his leader throughout the process.

"Rutgers is like home," Ports said on his commitment. "It's like a family down there. I want to join their family."

Rutgers was first to offer Ports last month when defensive coordinator Joe Rossi delivered the news to Weequahic. Ports named Rutgers a leader quickly.

"I haven't thought about schools other than Rutgers," Ports said. "I love the coaches and the players. [Incoming freshman] Sidney Gopre talks to me all the time about how great it is."

Ports is excited to reuinite with linebacker Sidney Gopre, who led the Weequahic defense at linebacker in 2013. Gopre played a key role in Ports committing to Rutgers, as did Weequahic coaches Brian Logan and Darnell Mangan, Ports said.

"We were good in high school, and we can be even better at Rutgers," Ports said. "I think we're going to be really good together."

Ports plans to talk to other recruits in North Jersey about joining him on the Rutgers defense.

"New Jersey has the best football," he said. "I've been talking to guys. I know [Union City safety] Daiquan Kelly and some other guys."

Ports joins Elmwood Park (N.J.) quarterback Michael Dare and Tenafly (N.J.) tight end Nakia Griffin in the Rutgers class of 2015.

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