Pennsylvania '16 Duo Checks Out Rutgers

Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara 2016 cornerback Donovan Pierce and offensive lineman Ted Field kicked off their Memorial Day weekend with an unofficial visit to Rutgers. Field made his fourth trip to campus with an offer in and, and Pierce broke down his first Piscataway experience.

A return trip to Rutgers felt like business as usual for 2016 offensive lineman Ted Field, but became special for Springfield (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara cornerback Donovan Pierce as his first major visit.

Field, who will transfer to Cardinal O'Hara for his junior year, holds a Rutgers offer and has the Scarlet Knights up top with a fifth visit planned for the early summer.

"everything went good," Field said. "I had a nice time. [Recruiting assistant] Kevin Caldwell is one of the best recruiters. He's a great guy to be around. I was just hanging out with him and touring the facilities. I had a lot of fun, and I'll be hanging out there some more this summer."

The hulking 6-foot-5 lineman plans to return to Rutgers over the summer to spend time with guard Chris Muller and tackle Marcus Applefield.

"I really like the people," Field said. "There are some really good people up there. … I'm just getting more comfortable up there. I like that they're interested in my friends. I'll be spending the night up there this summer, actually."

Pierce did not receive an offer, but the 5-foot-10 corner will be back for a late-June camp.

"They told me I'm toward the top of their 2016 recruiting list and that they're really interested," Pierce said. "They want me to camp on the 21st, which I'm definitely doing. … [Associate head coach Norries] Wilson said they definitely want me at camp. They said they like the way I get after it. They said they only recruit cornerbacks like me that are physical that can cover. They really liked how physical I am."

Pierce met 1-on-1 with coach Kyle Flood before leaving campus.

"It was crazy," Pierce said. "I walked in. I was so nervous, but he's a really good guy. We talked more about my family and everything. He watched my highlight tape, and said they liked the way I played. He asked me if I saw myself playing for Rutgers, and what kind of person I was and stuff like that. He said the coaching staff really liked my highlight tape.

Field gave Pierce his own Rutgers tour during the visit. He plans, however, to return for a tour from the coaching staff alongside his parents.

"I told [Flood] that I'll be at Pittsburgh and Cincinnati, and he just said they're definitely bringing me back up here after that," Pierce said. "He wants to give me a personal tour with my family -- me and my mom and my dad. He said he wants to talk to all of use."


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