Rutgers coach Chris Ash is admittedly not the biggest social media man in college football but he set a tone Thursday morning in one tweet.
Ash and eight full-time assistants hit the road early Thursday and made plenty of noise in the Northeast at the end of the dead period.
The early reviews after 36 hours on the road were overwhelmingly positive and already include a commitment from New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy linebacker Elorm Lumor.
“I love the new coaching staff,” Lumor said Thursday night. “I believe in the new coaching staff. I loved Ohio State’s defense when they won the national championship and he was a part of that. I’m a defensive guy, so I just believe in him and I want to play for him and I can’t wait to get out there. … I see them changing Rutgers from a 4-8 team to a contender for the Big Ten [title].”
Ash hit a home run on a Thursday in-home visit with Hawley (Pa.) Wallenpaupack linebacker commit Rashawn Battle.
“After the home visit and everything, it's a huge lift off my shoulders,” Battle told Scarlet Report. “I feel more settled and comfortable with everything. [My mom] was very excited to meet coach Ash. As well, she was confused with everything going on, so she wanted to make sure I was good. She loved coach Ash. She had a nice 1-on-1 talk with him."
Defensive coordinator Jay Niemann joined Ash on the visit and also stopped by Princeton (N.J.) the Hun School, where top 2017 defensive tackle Fred Hansard plays. Hansard and Niemann are in touch on the phone as a top local target.
“Coach Niemann, I mean he was a cool guy and had a lot of good things to say," Hansard said.
Rutgers attacked many New Jersey hotspots including Wayne (N.J.) DePaul Catholic, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic and Palmyra (N.J.).
“It was good," said Palmyra three-star receiver Kelvin Harmon, who received a visit from position coach Zak Kuhr. "He just told me how I could play early and how well he can polish me and showed me some clips."
Offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer and special teams coach Vince Okruch were at Bergen Catholic to see tight end Korab Idrizi.
"I spoke to the tight end coach and the offensive coordinator at Rutgers today when they came to visit me at school," he said. "They were telling me how they [would] use me in the offensive and stuff like that. They didn't offer me though."
Rutgers hit multiple stops in Philadelphia with Ash in at Prep Charter and defensive line coach Shane Burnham to Imhotep Charter.
“He seemed like a nice guy who has a very good plan,” said Prep Charter coach David Hand, who coaches Karamo Dioubate
Rutgers will be back at Imhotep next week with a visit from offensive line coach AJ Blazek.
“It went great [and] I felt real comfortable," said offensive lineman Yasir Durant on his in-person interaction with the new staff.