A Patriots fan out Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy Varsity talked plenty about the Super Bowl champs at the home site of four of them.
“Seeing guys like Devin McCourty and Logan Ryan and Tim Wright who came out of Rutgers, it was cool,” Fish said. “Bill Belichick is like a god up in New England, so I trust him. If he likes the Rutgers program, that speaks volumes to the quality of kids they produce and what they have.”
Fish left with a camp invitation from Rutgers, which has two linemen committed in its 2016 class and looks to add more before National Signing Day.
“They really like me,” Fish said. “They think I have potential and I’m a player they like for 2016 as an o-lineman. They want me in camp, and they said some day they’re going to make their decision and they’re going to be on me a lot. They think I could be a great fit for their program.”
Fish visited Rutgers alongside 2017 running back and teammate A.J. Dillon and received a full tour of the school.
“Everybody just showed genuine love for the program,” Fish said. “There was a ton of passion for Rutgers football. It made it feel like the place to be with all of the love and support. They have players that come back and are coaching now. It’s amazing to see the pride they have in Rutgers and Rutgers football and New Jersey. … I felt just as comfortable as I do back home.”
Offensive line coach Mitch Browning, who enters his second year with Rutgers, impressed Fish.
“He’s one of the most personable guys I’ve met in my recruitment,” Fish said. “He can tell stories about his life and where he’s been and people that we both know. I really felt like I got to know the guy really well. … Every coach I talked to, they were all great. They were really excited. They were all happy. They really loved Rutgers.”