Rutgers Practice Report - Norries Wilson on Recruiting and Injuries

PISCATAWAY, N.J. -- As interim coach Norries Wilson prepares for his second game in charge of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights, he met with the media for the final time before homecoming kickoff against Kansas.

The Headline – The recruiting game changes for Rutgers on Saturday’s homecoming game against Kansas. With coach Kyle Flood suspended and unable to meet with visitors before the game, interim coach Norries Wilson picks up a bigger role with visits.

“The recruiting office does a great job, E.J. [Barthel] and his staff,” Wilson said. “We’ll go up and meet with the players that grace us by coming to see us. Every coach has kids come from their areas. I have some far away areas. I’ve got Chicago and down in Florida. My kids from Central Pa. that may come up, I’ll go up and meet with them before the game and we’ll just go on and do our normal Saturday business with the recruiting.”

The bigger visit weekends for Rutgers do not come until No. 2 Michigan State and No. 1 Ohio State visit Piscataway, and the 2016 recruiting class has seen zero defections since the Flood investigation began.

“They know the situation and they know Coach (Flood) is here every day except game day,” Wilson said. “It hasn’t been a big deal.”

Many prospects, including linebackers Solomon Manning and Jonathan Pollock, spoke firmly in their support of Flood after the three-game suspension from university president Robert Barchi. Rutgers has more visitors set this weekend, including key defensive end target Chinedu Udeogu of North Bethesda (Md.) Georgetown Prep.

Worth Noting  -- When asked about starting safety Davon Jacobs not at practice, Wilson said his focus this week was on the offense and an updated injury report would come before kickoff against Kansas.

Quote of the Day – “I’m going to check with [defensive coordinator Joe Rossi] about the defense, but I didn’t hear any yelling and screaming, so I think it went pretty good down there also.” --  Wilson.

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