Malvern (Pa.) Prep quarterback Alex Hornibrook makes his Rutgers return Friday after receiving a verbal scholarship offer over the weekend. Already familiar with the program, Hornibrook aims to spent time with the coaching staff and learn more during a visit with family
"I was really pumped up when I got the offer because it's a great school," Hornibrook said. "[Offensive coordinator Ralph] Friedgen is a great coach. They're in the Big Ten playing big time football. That's my first big offer, and I'm just really excited about it. I can't wait to get back to campus to check it out.
"… I've seen their facilities a few times, so I'm pretty comfortable with those. I know what to expect there, but I haven't really seen the campus. I've spent a little bit a time with the coaches but not too much. The campus and the coaching staff is what I'm looking to see this time."
Rutgers upped its search for another quarterback after Philip Nelson's dismissal from the team earlier this month.
The Scarlet Knights already have three-star Michael Dare of Elmwood Park (N.J.) committed in the 2015 class, and are midway through an open competition for the starting job this season.
"I like a situation where everybody's watching the quarterback," Hornibrook said. "That usually happens anyway. Competition is fine with me."
Hornibrook's new head coach, Aaron Brady, is a former Rutgers football player. He also has ties to the program based on his 7-on-7 team.
"I think that's really cool," Hornibrook said. "I was talking to Kelvin a little bit about it and he has that Rutgers offer, also Irvin too. That would be cool to go in with some kids you already have chemistry with."
Hornibrook has Ivy League and MAC offers, and hopes to be closing on other offers by the end of the spring evaluation period. Virginia Tech was in to see him Tuesday, and is showing increased interest after target Brandon Wimbush picked Penn State.
Looking to get in more visits, Hornibrook does not see himself as ready to make a decision prior to his Rutgers visit.
"Almost every school recruiting me has now been out to see me throw, so hopefully I won't have to go for a lot of evaluations in camps over the summer." Hornibrook said. "We'll see how the situation pans out over the next week or two and if any other offers come in right now. … I'm kind of open right now. I haven't talked with my parents about that yet, so I don't know about a decision yet."
Hornibrook has the ideal frame for a rising senior quarterback prospect at 6-foot-4, 195 pounds. As a lefty, he gets a confidence boost from bringing a different look to the position.
"I like being a lefty," he said. "I know some people or coaches think it's not as good and that they have to adjust to coaching a different style. I think it makes me different from other quarterbacks. It makes me stand out. People remember me, and I think it's a good thing for me."