Metuchen (N.J.) St. Joseph offensive lineman Nick Krimin committed to Rutgers nearly one year ago and after a long process of changes, he remains just as focused on the hometown school.
Krimin committed to Rutgers during a visit for a basketball game. After a series of changes, including a new head coach and plenty of attention from other schools, he said he has eyes for "just Rutgers."
"Rutgers is huge for me personally," Krimin said. "From not being able to play football for a huge part of my life, I'm just excited to take myself up to the next level at a Big Ten school. It's something to be proud of. My family being right there, even though I probably won't go [home] every week, I can just make a phone call and they'll be there if I need them to."
Head coach Chris Ash met with the 6-foot-6, 320-pound three-star recruit this week and reassured him about a future at Rutgers.
"It was actually a big relief just to see someone and see that he's in control," Krimin said. "That's the best part about meeting him. ... He likes that I'm a very versatile player. He said I have a lot of tools that other people don't have. He was all business and just wants to keep pushing hard."
Offensive line coach AJ Blazek, who fought his own Big Ten trench battles at Iowa, also met with Krimin.
"I like him at lot," Krimin said. "He's a no-nonsense guy. Whatever he has to do, he's going to do, and I really like that about him."
Krimin hopes to officially visit this weekend but is open to a Jan. 29 visit if the expected snowstorm lays a smackdown in Central Jersey.
"With everything like the snow, I don't know what's going to happen but i could just go the next week," Krimin said. "Rutgers being so close is a huge plus."