Question: First off, how did it feel to put pen to paper with your ceremony today?
“It’s surreal. It’s been a long, long process. It’s a long journey from high school to middle school up until now. We’ve had a crazy journey, and I’ve worked so hard to get to this moment. I’ve always dreamed that this day would come, but it actually being here now is so special. It’s unbelievable. I’m really excited about the future and to get this kicked off.”
Question: It’s no secret that it’s been a tough year for Rutgers, so what is it that makes the school special? You’ve been very firm since your initial commitment and that’s uncommon in recruiting these days.
“When we sit back and we look at everything Rutgers can offer me, they offer something on every aspect. Number one, the relationship I have with my running backs coach [Norries] Wilson is the best relationship. If I was to create a coach that I would want to work under and be mentored by, I would create somebody just like coach Wilson. He’s a father figure, of course, but he’s also a friend. I can talk to him about anything. He’s always honest. He’s real with me and in recruited nowadays, that’s a virtue that you don’t always find in a coach. That makes it special. On top of that, academically and athletically Rutgers offers a lot. We’re in the Big Ten, and I get the chance to excel on that level and in that conference. It puts me out on a bigger stage than other places. On top of that, their location alone being so close to Manhattan, that allows me different connections right down the street and different relationships that I can build for my future when football ends. I love the atmosphere of the campus when I visit campus. I can see myself living there for the next four or five years. I already have players I know that are up there. If I was going to pick a perfect situation that I want to go in, it’s Rutgers. I know you said about the season being rough, if you look, our defense is a very, very young group. Most of our secondary is freshman. We can build. Our ceiling is very high. We have a chance to be a really good team within the next few years, and I would love to be a part of that.”
Question: You’re having a great season, so how have you handled other schools coming in to recruit you?
“The relationship that I’ve maintained with coach Wilson made it much easier. I knew that when I committed, it was a final commitment. I’m staying just as committed to the program as they were to me. They told me that I was the only running back that they were bringing in and that is still the case up until now. If they were ever potentially looking at somebody else to bring in as a running back, he always let me know. I appreciate that the most about him. He’s one of the funniest guys I know. Being in a running back meeting when we’re going over film and stuff, usually that’s not a highlight of preparation for football but he keeps it lively. It’s energetic. It was a fun experience. That was a big thing. I don’t think I’ll be able to find a better experience going anywhere else. Of course, I’ve had other colleges approach me and maintain a relationship but I was already sold at that point.”
Question: What kind of advantage is it for you to enroll early?
“I have every intention this year to be able to play next year in the fall. I’m going up there early. I want to be able to play. Going in there early for the winter workouts and getting into the playbook early, it’s stuff that you don’t really take into account. I’m able to balance my academic life with my athletic life. I’m getting used to the speed of the game. It’s a really big jump ahead on other freshmen that are coming in and I truly have an equal chance to compete for those top two main spots that are taking carries on Saturdays. It allows me to achieve my goal of being able to play as a freshman.”