Jersey City (N.J.) St. Peter’s Prep standout K.J. Gray is not ready to announce a college decision yet but in-state Rutgers made an impressive sales pitch this weekend on an official visit.
Gray left his official visit Sunday with a positive impression of offseason changes at Rutgers, including head coach Chris Ash and secondary coaches Aaron Henry and Bill Busch.
“I’m feeling really good,” Gray said. “I came back from a great visit at Rutgers that made me enjoy myself. It was really good. Coach Henry, coach Ash, coach Busch went out of your way to make me feel at home. I like the vision of where they see Rutgers in the future.”
The new Rutgers staff likes Gray, a 6-foot-2, 195-pounder, as a defensive back.
“It appeals to me a lot,” Gray said. “Coach Henry, coach Busch and coach Ash all have experience. Coach Ash was very successful at Ohio State. Coach Busch was successful at Wisconsin and coach Henry had a great college career as well.”
Former parochial defensive back Najee Clayton, who played well as a true freshman at Rutgers, hosted Gray on a weekend filled with food and activity.
“We talked about the old St. Peter’s and Paramus Catholic rivalry,” Gray said. “He was great though. … We ate a lot. Eating was definitely a main event. We had position meetings with the coaches and we had leadership academic presentation. My parents really went along with that presentation. The coaches in the meetings were really optimistic. I’m beginning to like their style of coaching.”
Rutgers athletic director Pat Hobbs presented to the recruits Friday and left an impact.
“He made the right decision to hire coach Ash,” Gray said. “He was really confident.”
The snow assault on Rutgers was nothing new for Gray but it provided added entertainment to the weekend.
“I was used to it, so it wasn’t a problem but it was kind of funny having other kids there from down south,” Gray said. “Being from Georgia (Alex Barbir) and Mississippi (Julius Turner), seeing them react was fun.”
Gray said he is not ready for a decision but wants to announce before National Signing Day. He is undecided on a final official visit next week.