Immaculata three-star offensive lineman Mike Lonsdorf expected to land at Rutgers after he unofficially visited last week but his official trip to campus officially sold him on the program.
Lonsdorf announce his commitment Sunday at the end of his visit and signs Wednesday with the Scarlet Knights.
"I'm thankful to be here," Lonsdorf said. "It's a great opportunity for me to play for my state. I'm ready to get to work."
Lonsdorf bonded with multiple offensive linemen on his visit, including starting center Derrick Nelson.
"The people at Rutgers, the official visit gave me a really good chance to be around good people," he said. "I liked the coaching staff and the students. It was a really great experience ... Derrick Nelson was the starting center last year and it was good to get a chance to listen to him and hear what he had to say about everything. In just a short time, the new staff has already improved the program for the better in such a great way."
Head coach Chris Ash and offensive line coach AJ Blazek built a solid relationship with Lonsdorf. He de-committed from Connecticut last week and follwed up with the commitment to Rutgers over Purdue.
"I think they're both great guys," he said. "They have a very good plan. They're very energetic and I think they're winners. They come from winning programs and that's what they bring to Rutgers."
Lonsdorf is not one for the spotlight, but said he is eager to play in front of a home crowd.
"Rutgers fans can expect for me to be a guy that puts his head down and gets to work," he said. "I'm not really going to say much, just go about my business."