Fleming Island (Fla.) running back Trey Sneed's Rutgers official visit is unconventional in both timing and activities. The long-time verbal commitment, however, looks forward to his Thursday afternoon arrival in Piscataway.
Sneed’s official visit starts and ends one day early because of responsibilities back home, and the weekend will not include time with the coaching staff.
As it sits Thursday, Rutgers coach Chris Ash does not have a coaching staff in place, so Sneed’s weekend centers around time with the players and recruiting staff.
“I’m ready getting down there and finally meeting with the players to see who I’m going to be with for the next three, four, five years,” Sneed said. “There’s not really a coaching staff to meet and I’ve met with the academic advisors already so I know exactly what to expect there when I get to Rutgers. My goal is to start the bond with the players and have fun.”
Ash was honest with Sneed about his plans for the program during a Wednesday in-home visit.
The first face-to-face meeting between the two, the former Ohio State defensive coordinator sold Sneed on the incoming changes at Rutgers.
“I like his overall outlook on life itself but mainly I love how direct he is,” Sneed said. “When you talk to him, you can tell he knows exactly what he wants to do with the program and how he’s going to do it. He’s turned programs around before. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s completely honest. He won’t beat around the bush. He gave it to me straight. He told me what and he told me why.”
Sneed committed to former coach Kyle Flood during a spring unofficial visit to campus. He remained solid through in-season turmoil, so a change in the offensive game plan is no deterrent.
Ash announced plans for a more multiple attack in the playbook immediately and Sneed fits his philosophy.
“He loved what he saw on film,” Sneed said. “He saw that I’m versatile and I can do a lot of various things. We didn’t get into the particulars but he said to just know that we’re going to score a lot of points. Every team is different, so you’re going to have to have a different game plan for every team. It will be multiple offenses. We have to fit the talent that we have and make sure they can score points.”
Ash welcomes Sneed to New Jersey on Thursday in what will be a busy local recruiting day for the new Rutgers coach. Sneed’s day begins on campus, where he enrolls in one month for the spring semester.
“Coach Ash seems like he’ll be a great mentor for me and my future teammates,” Sneed said. “I’m excited about what my future brings when I get there for good.”