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?”