Rutgers Official Visit Primer

Rutgers began its biggest official visit weekend of the recruiting year Friday with 15 prospects expected on campus. Scarlet Report breaks down each prospect scheduled to be on campus, including one "soft verbal," one prospect committed elsewhere and two uncommitted recruits.

Uncommitted Visitors

Jawuan Harris is technically committed to FAU, but has other options that include Rutgers, Michigan State, Pittsburgh and Princeton. Harris is back in New Jersey after an official visit to Princeton last week. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood had his in-home with Harris this week.

Najee Clayton saw Rutgers back in the picture in January around the same time his head coach, Chris Partridge, resigned to pursue college work opportunities. The three-star safety officially visited Syracuse last week and attended a Rutgers basketball game Tuesday night against Michigan.

Rutgers was out of the picture, then back in, then out again and now back in recruiting Chicago offensive lineman Jack Shutack. Rutgers lost offensive line commit Blake Camper last week, and looks for another addition at the position. Shutack told Scout he could decide quickly after his Rutgers visit with Maryland and Tennessee also in the conversation.

Committed Visitors

Jarius Adams falls under the “soft verbal” category after Michigan and Wisconsin offered in January. Adams held strong on his Rutgers commitment after Jim Harbaugh came into the picture at Michigan, but still plans to be in Ann Arbor for the final weekend before National Signing Day. This weekend is Flood’s big chance to lock up Adams.

Nakia Griffin is an early commitment and has been a vocal leader for the Rutgers class of 2015. Griffin is known for his social media activity surrounding Rutgers, and saw other schools including Louisville and Penn State try to get into the picture after his commitment. Griffin remains solid to Rutgers.

Ronnie James gets to spend the weekend with his older brother, Paul James, with no other official visits planned before National Signing Day. The three-star cornerback received an Ohio State verbal offer during a strong senior season.

Al-Kadair Ports comes from the same high school as linebacker commit Sidney Gopre. Ports is the top player at his position in Scout’s final new Jersey rankings and the No. 3 safety in the East region.

Anthony Folkerts is back in New Jersey after two summer visits and a commitment to Rutgers. The Georgia tight end has family down the Jersey Shore, and is eager to return to the Hale Center for the first time since a summer skills camp alongside Ports, James and quarterback commit Michael Dare.

Charles Snorweah exploded as a senior for Pennsbury with a Madden-esque 2,793 rushing yards and 40 touchdowns. Yes, you read those statistics correctly. A former teammate of Rutgers right tackle J.J. Denman, Snorweah has been all Rutgers since a summer verbal commitment.

Ron’Dell Carter is a three-star defensive end and the No. 16 player at his position in the Scout 2015 rankings. Carter, who also exceled at tight end as a senior, joins Jon Bateky, Marques Ford and others on the 2015 Rutgers defensive line.

Jonah Jackson has been all Rutgers since his verbal commitment, and is a frequent visitor to campus. Jackson visited Rutgers for a wrestling match last week alongside 2016 commit Ted Field and prospect Thomas Lopez.

Kamaal Seymour reaffirmed his Rutgers commitment this week despite in-school visits from Penn State coach James Franklin and UCF coach George O’Leary. Seymour told Scout he is done with official visits and “definitely” committed to Rutgers. He cancelled a Jan. 30 official visit to Penn State, and already visited UCF.

Willington Previlon will be the first in his family to attend college, and is another story of Rutgers camp success leading to a spot in the recruiting class. Previlon earned an offer shortly after a strong showing at a summer “Big Man Academy.” He committed to Flood during the Rutgers 7-on-7 passing camp when he returned to campus with his mother.

Rashad Blunt’s other offers included Indiana, Cincinnati and East Carolina. Blunt is close with multiple Rutgers commits, including Griffin and linebacker Deonte Roberts, who are both on campus this weekend. He is the latest commitment out of the Jacksonville area, which includes names like Kaleb Johnson and Kam Lott.

Trevor Morris played for former Rutgers linebacker Aaron Brady as a senior. He could end up as either a linebacker or safety with Rutgers, and credit a behind-the-scenes tour during the summer 7-on-7 passing camp as the key in securing his verbal commitment.

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