Ports Goes In-Depth on Rutgers Commitment

A visit from mom was the only factor holding Newark (N.J.) Weequahic three-star safety Al-Kadair Ports from a verbal commitment to Rutgers. Ports brought his mother with him Tuesday, and left as the third member of the Rutgers class of 2015.

Newark (N.J.) Weequahic three-star safety Al-Kadair Ports saw himself as a Rutgers commit long before the offer came in this winter.

Ports had relationships with the staff because of the recruitment of teammate Sidney Gopre, so it came down to convincing his mother as the final piece of his Rutgers commitment.

"I knew I was going to commit, so I needed to show my mother why we belonged at Rutgers," he said. "The most important thing for her was to see the academic stuff they had to offer and stuff. … She was impressed with the academics."

Ports visited campus Tuesday with his mother and assistant coach Darnell Mangan, who also helped Gopre, Donald Bedell and Kemoko Turay during his recruitment. The latest Ports visit did not disappoint.

"I basically loved everything," he said. "I've been there before, so it was cool to watch. Everything at practice was such a high tempo."

Ports was on campus for the second time since defensive coordinator Joe Rossi delivered his offer. He visited for a junior day last month, and multiple times last year.

"I was enjoying it so much," Ports said. "I've always wanted to commit to Rutgers. It was amazing to tell coach [Kyle] Flood. This is one of the schools I wanted to be at since I was young."

Ports plans to spread the word about Rutgers as the third member in the recruiting class.

"We have a lot of passion about Rutgers to stay home," Ports said. "We can do a lot of damage together. … Our coach always tells me that Jersey has the best guys. The more Jersey guys that stay home, the more we're going to be able to win that Big Ten Championship and a National Championship."

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