Rutgers is already busy in the class of 2017, where an offer went out on National Signing Day to 2017 Cheshire (Conn.) Academy athlete Brandon Sebastian.
Sebastian holds offers in both the ACC and American Athletic Conference. Rutgers is his first in the Big Ten.
“I appreciated it because it’s an opportunity in the Big Ten,” he said. “I was excited about it and I get want to hear more. It’s my sixth offer overall. … I know that Rutgers is a good academic school and there’s good football but other than that, I don’t know a lot about Rutgers yet. I will probably be attending their Junior Day.”
The 6-foot-1, 165-pound Sebastian prefers defensive back but said he is comfortable in any role schools project him.
“I’m very versatile,” he said. “I can play anywhere on the field. I can play DB, running back, receiver, returner. I’m explosive. I run a 4.40 and I’m trying to get that up in the 4.3’s this summer. I won in the New England area for long jump in track last year.”
Sebastian expects a busy spring evaluation period. He begins his recruiting journey soon with expected visits to both Rutgers and Connecticut.
“I know that this recruiting class is going to blow up,” he said. “I feel like I’m ready for it. Right now, I’m looking forward to playing in somewhere like the Big Ten or ACC or maybe SEC.”
Sebastian is new to recruiting with interest in both academics and the right locker room fit when he makes his college decision.
“Academics are important because everyone has dreams of going into the [National Football] League, but say you don’t make it,” he said. “You have to lean back on your academics. You need to find a good college, something that can help me long after football is over and live a better life.
“… I’m looking for a family atmosphere where I can feel most comfortable and do me, I guess you could say.”