Offensive lineman Jacquis Webb saw a taste of what Rochester, N.Y., means for Rutgers by watching Quentin Gause's breakout sophomore season. At the end of the week, Webb joins Gause and running back Devan Carter as Scarlet Knights out of the Rochester area.
Webb speaks often with Gause for advice, which has him confident in his transition to college.
"The main thing with Quentin is he's telling me to come in and put in a lot of time in your preparations," Webb said. "He loves it there, but he says you can't come in expecting it to be easy. You've got to keep up with school. You've got to keep up with your workouts and conditioning. He said you basically go in and get better every day."
Webb's preparation includes a personalized workout from the Rutgers staff and getting mentally ready for college football in a premiere offensive line conference.
"I would say I'm like 95 percent there," Webb said. "I don't think that last five percent is going to sink in until I'm there. … The Big Ten has an unbelievable reputation. It's going bring so much excitement, especially with us being a new program coming in."
Webb expects to begin training camp as a tackle.
"We'll see where I go from there," Webb said. "I've played tackle mostly throughout high school, but I've played pretty much every position besides center. Whatever I've got to do is whatever I've got to do."
Webb has not returned to Rutgers since his official visit, but spent time in New Jersey during spring while supporting friends at a 7-on-7.
"New Jersey was already starting to feel at home to me," Webb said. "I know that Rutgers is going to be my home away from home, so it's going to be a good experience.
"I think the thing is to just strive to accomplish things you haven't accomplished before. I'm a part of this team, and I'm going to help out this program as much as possible, and just do my best to keep up with everything."
Webb said he has no issue with redshirting if asked to do so.
"I've never been against redshirting," Webb said. "To build yourself in the program and learn from the older guys is just fine. I had to do it in high school, and I can do it again if that's what they want me to do."