Burlington (N.J.) 2017 wide receiver Everett Wormley is one of dozens of top New Jersey prospects that left Rutgers Saturday with a new-found excitement about the program.
Wormley, who holds a verbal scholarship offer, got his first in-depth look at coach Chris Ash’s Rutgers vision.
It lived up to expectations.
“From what I heard before, and also meeting him in person, he’s very detailed,” Wormley said. “Coach Ash definitely loves detail. He wants everything to go through his plan. The direction is very impressive. He cares about you as a person. It’s not just football, it’s after football. Because we’re in such a large media market, he talks about what we can do after football in case we don’t make it.”
Wormley bonded with new Rutgers receivers coach Jafar Williams during the visit. Williams, a Philadelphia native with ties to South Jersey, became Ash’s final full-time coaching hire when he moved over from Purdue.
“We talked football and academics and all that good stuff,” Wormley said. “We talked about his past experiences and how he coached Dri Archer and how they used his speed. Look what [Archer] did when he played Rutgers. … They’re bringing that to Rutgers, now.”
Wormley spent significant time with Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek cornerback Naijee Jones. Jones is the first commitment in the Rutgers 2017 class and another top prospect from the southern third of the Garden State.
“He’s one of my close friends, and we’ve been friends for a while,” Wormley said. “We were together all day. He’s asking me, ‘do you want to commit?’ He’s been telling me that if we stay home, then we can do something special. The whole coaching staff is like that too.”
Wormley and Jones enjoyed the Rutgers junior day and are two of many that saw an attitude adjustment on campus.
“I talked to coach Ash about the direction they’re taking the program,” Wormley said. “Everybody there was impressed. We definitely see his vision, because trying to turn it into a powerhouse like Ohio State.”
Wormley holds offers from Rutgers, Boston College, Temple and Old Dominion. He visits Temple tomorrow for its mid-week junior day and heads to College Park, Md. to see Maryland’s new coaching staff this weekend.