Official Visit Primer: Final Weekend

The final official visit weekend before National Signing Day includes key committed prospects and a graduate-transfer target out of the SEC. Scarlet Report takes a deeper look at the official visitors set to arrive Friday afternoon at the Hale Center

Uncommitted Visitors

Kaiwan Lewis is down to Nebraska and Rutgers as a graduate transfer. Once Lewis finishes his undergrad degree at South Carolina, the former Hammonton (N.J.) St. Joseph’s star has one college year left for an impact in the Big Ten. Lewis played as a true freshman and started 10 games for Steve Spurrier. Should he choose Rutgers, Lewis becomes an instant competitor for the middle linebacker spot alongside L.J. Liston and Isaiah Johnson.

Max Anthony is a preferred walk-on candidate with similar offers from both Syracuse and UCF. Anthony told Scarlet Report that Rutgers leads for his services, and is eager for his first official visit. Anthony was born in Morristown, N.J., and Rutgers likes him as either a fullback or linebacker, he said.

Committed Visitors

The four-star Marques Ford makes his first trip to Piscataway since an unofficial summer visit alongside high school coach Frank LaRosa. When Ford and Tennessee parted ways last week, dozens of schools lined up at Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay for his services. Ford picked Rutgers less than 24 hours later, and heads to New Jersey today to see coaches Kyle Flood and Jim Panagos and his future teammates.

Michael Dare unofficially visited last week and is now back for all of the bells and whistles.

Manny Taylor’s football inexperience is well known, as well has his prowess as a basketball player. Flood saw him twice up close in the summer, and made the final call on his addition to the program. Taylor worked hard on his game as a senior, and is one of three committed offensive linemen in the class heading into the weekend.

Dontae Owens is another camp standout for Rutgers during the summer. Owens caught Flood’s and wide receiver coach Ben McDaniels’ eye during a summer skills camp. An unofficial visit with family locked up his commitment as one of three receivers in the class alongside Rashad Blunt and Jawuan Harris.

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