Sails Impresses Rutgers Staff

Rutgers has one Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay star on its roster in defensive end Marques Ford, and wants another one in its 2016 class. The Scarlet Knights solidified its offer to three-star safety K.J. Sails during an appearance at a Friday satellite camp.

Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay defensive back K.J. Sails left a satellite camp featuring the Rutgers coaching staff as a satisfied competitor.

More importantly, he left it with a verbal scholarship offer from one of his favorite schools.

“I’m really considering them,” said Sails, who set visits to Iowa and Wisconsin this summer. “I like all of my schools. I haven’t made a top five yet, but I really like Rutgers. They recruited me when I didn’t have offers. They’re serious.”

Rutgers was one of the first schools involved in Sails’ recruitment. Defensive assistants Joe Rossi and Darrell Wilson stressed their interest in the three-star safety during Friday’s camp.

“The camp was great,” Sails said. “I got a good feel for the coaches and how they run their system. I enjoyed working with coach Rossi. I thought they knew what they were talking about. They were great defensive minds. I felt like they could help me take the next step as a person and as a football player.”

Sails is the next big name out of East Bay as he follows four-star 2015 defensive end Marques Ford to college football.

Ford signed as the highest-rated prospect in the Rutgers 2015 class, and enrolled three weeks ago.

“Marques loves Rutgers,” Sails said. “He says it’s a great place. The coaches are the same as our high school coaches. They’re building a family atmosphere. … It doesn’t play a major factor, but it is a factor in my decision knowing that Marques likes it. That helps a lot.”

Sails set visits to Iowa and Wisconsin for the summer, and may see TCU as well. The 5-foot-11, 175-pound safety wants a sports broadcasting career after he completes his college education.

“I want a school that feels like family,” he said. “Also, how big are they in my major of sports broadcasting? The coaches are important. I want to love the coaches wherever I go and love the school. If I wasn’t playing football, how would I feel about the school?”

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