Folkerts Breaks Down Rutgers Commitment

Valdosta (Ga.) Valwood tight end Anthony Folkerts became the newest member of the Rutgers 2015 recruiting class. What led him to choose the Scarlet Knights? Folkerts breaks it all down inside.

Continuing the trend of out-of-state players with New Jersey ties, Valdosta (Ga.) Valwood tight end Anthony Folkerts made his verbal commitment to Rutgers over Father's Day weekend.

The 6-foot-5, 215-pound Folkerts enjoyed an up-close look at Rutgers during a May unofficial visit while seeing family. His tour and time with the Rutgers staff sold Folkerts on the Scarlet Knights and the Big Ten.

"It was just the best fit for me," Folkerts said. "I like the atmosphere at Rutgers. There is a great history of academic excellence, especially in athletics. I really loved the coaching staff when I was up there. They really impressed me. Coach [Anthony] Campanile and coach [Kyle] Flood were great guys.

"Also, playing in the Big Ten is really important. I'm going to be a part of one of the best conferences in college football."

Folkerts will be far from home, but has family in Monmouth County to come see him play.

"It makes it a lot easier, just to get away from campus for a weekend and maybe go see them," Folkerts said. "It's good to be close to my family. … My dad's really, really excited and my mom is just as excited. We're all just glad that we can kind of relax now and know that we made a good choice. … My future is in good hands, and I feel confident in my decision."

A second tight end in the Rutgers class, joining Tenafly's (N.J.) Nakia Griffin, helps build depth at the position after a post-spring transfer from Taylor Marini.

"They're one of the last schools that still uses a true tight end in a pro-style offense," Folkerts said. "They need me to do everything from blocking to catching to come put my hand down or play slot, even go out wide and match up one-on-one. I really like that. It's very pleasing to me to know that I can do those things and help them out in the future."

For the first time in his tenure, Flood landed a commitment from the state of Georgia. Not a traditional part of the Rutgers footprint, Georgians can expect to learn plenty about the program from Folkerts.

"It's good marketing for them that I'm going to go play up north," Folkerts said. "I'm just going to tell these SEC fans to go watch the Big Ten. They better watch out."

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