Rutgers put on a primetime performance on the field Saturday night, but it was just as important on the sidelines with dozens of key prospects in attendance for the blackout.
One of the top Scarlet Knight targets in attendance, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic receiver Donald Stewart, received plenty of attention and left impressed with the in-state school.
“Rutgers is big-time football,” Stewart said. “I’m excited for them. They’re going to win a lot of games. I’m glad that Leonte Carroo is back. He’s actually one of my close friend that I talk to on the regular.”
Stewart watched fellow receiver Carroo explode for the fourth three-touchdown game of his career. It was Carroo’s first game back since coach Kyle Flood lifted his suspension, and Carroo made it count.
“It was electric all night,” Stewart said. “They were wearing all black. The fans were into it and their sidelines were into it. All of the Rutgers recruits were feeling it. It was a great night.”
Rutgers focused on Stewart as a prospect after the game. He met with the staff inside the football facilities after the Scarlet Knights lost 31-24 to No. 4 Michigan State.
Stewart spent the most time with assistant coach Anthony Campanile, who recruits North Jersey and coaches receivers.
“I talked to so many coaches from the Rutgers staff that I couldn’t even name them all,” Stewart said. “It was a great night. … Coach Campanile is a great guy. He’s always giving me great advice when he’s watching my film. He’s been to a few of my games now in person, and he’s a very exciting person to be around.”
Stewart does not expect a decision any time soon with targeted official visits to Wake Forest, Michigan and Stanford and interest in Northwestern and Vanderbilt.
Rutgers is also in the mix for a return visit.
“I want to take all of my officials so I can decide on what school I want to go to so I can see each school before I make my final decision,” Stewart said.