Rutgers Hosts 2017 RB Dillon

Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy 2017 running back A.J. Dillon unofficially visited Rutgers Monday afternoon. Following the visit, Dillon spoke with Scout about the Scarlet Knights and two early verbal scholarship offers.

Groton (Mass.) Lawrence Academy 2017 running back A.J. Dillon said he heard “mixed reviews of Rutgers” before a Monday visit.

On the road after a long day on the Piscataway campus, Dillon said he knows which Rutgers is the real one.

“I was really impressed,” Dillon said. “I wasn’t sure what to expect, so being there today just showed me what Rutgers is about. I really felt like it was home.”

Associate head coach Norries Wilson, who works with running backs, went over everything from family to film during a meeting with Dillon.

“We had a good talk about what I was looking for in a school,” said the 6-foot, 225-pound tailback. “… I want a place that cares about their players, not just on the field but in the classroom and everywhere. Something that really stuck out to me was their motto for family. … That motto is engraved inside their jerseys. You see it everywhere in their facilities. That really hit me.”

Dillon also discussed how he fits what Rutgers does as a pro-style offense under new offensive coordinator Ben McDaniels.

“I love that pro style,” Dillon said. “When I was with the running backs coach, we watched film of the running backs going through drills and then on film in games. I really liked that.”

Dillon and teammate Eddy Fish visited Syracuse over the weekend and head to Maryland next during a recruiting road trip.

“I’m having lots of fun,” Dillon said. “It’s kind of surreal right now, but I’m glad that I’m doing it with Eddy. It’s great.”

Boston College and Massachusetts are the first two offers for Dillon, who plans to take his time as a rising junior.

“I’m looking for somewhere I’m going to play,” he said. “I don’t need to start right away, but I don’t want to go to a school where I won’t play until I’m a senior – like a factory sort of school. … I don’t want to just be a player. I want to be someone that the coaches genuinely want to be there.”

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