Folkerts Visits Rutgers, Updates Recruitment

In the ever expanding Rutgers recruiting footprint, the Scarlet Knights played host to Valdosta (Ga.) Valwood tight end Anthony Folkerts for an unofficial visit. The 6-foot-5, 215-pound prospect holds a Rutgers offer coming out of the spring evaluation period.

A verbal scholarship offer helped get Valdosta (Ga.) Valwood tight end Anthony Folkerts to the Rutgers campus, and it was a focus during a long Tuesday visit.

Visiting the area for a wedding, Folkerts spent his Tuesday at Rutgers, which sits high on his list of colleges.

"The visit was great," Folkerts said. "Going into it, I was really excited about a chance to get up on campus. I was lucky that I got to get up so early. We drove straight to Rutgers after the wedding, and it was great.

"It was great. We toured the campus and the facilities. I talked to coach [Kyle] Flood, the offensive coordinator, the tight ends coach, everyone."

Folkerts received an offer from tight ends coach Anthony Campanile after working out for him during the spring evaluation period.

"I got back up here, and he and everyone just made sure I knew I had an offer," he said. "I really like the people that I met. They're good people. I really like the academic and athletic excellence that Rutgers is known for."

Folkerts could return to Rutgers as early as June 21 for a skills camp, and hopes to have a decision made by August.

"I feel like I know quite a bit about Rutgers actually," he said. "My family up here knows about them, and I leanred a lot on my visit. I got a lot of information about academics and athletics. There's more stuff to research, but I know a lot now."

Folkerts had his day end by meeting with Flood and offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen.

"I was very impressed," he said. "They're very humble, down to earth men. I was impressed with both of them."

UCF and Jacksonville State were the first two offers for Folkerts, who will camp at Duke June 1. Ivy League schools have been active in his recruitment, alongside interest from Georgia and Georgia Tech.

Folkerts checks in at 6-foot-5, 215 pounds and is being looked at as a defensive end as well as a tight end.

Academics will be a focus for him as he aims for a late-summer college decision.

"They're very important," he said. "I see football as a stepping stone to get to a great school and pursue a degree while playing football. Academics are really important."

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