Rutgers coach Chris Ash made a lot of changes in his first two months and more big ones are on the way.
For 6-foot-3, 280-pound interior lineman Ryan Solt of Wilkes-Barre (Pa.) Coughlin, one change stood out.
“Twenty-four-hour food was literally the best thing I could have hoped for,” he said.
Solt left with his second verbal scholarship offer, and a digested a lot more than food during his day with the Scarlet Knights.
“I was very impressed with how organized coach Ash has everything,” Solt said. “This is what we do. This is our plan. It worked before. It’s going to work here. His presentations and everything, I loved how it was set up. … His philosophy, he changed workouts, changed everything, changed the mindset. I like how involved he is. When the players came up and had the player panel, they said how involved the coaches were with workouts.”
Solt holds offers from Rutgers and Maryland with visits planned to Syracuse, Boston College and Louisville. He will be back at Rutgers in March for a spring practice.
“[The Rutgers offer] is definitely a huge honor because coach Ash has a big background and so do all the other coaches,” Solt said. “For them to see something in me, it means a lot.”
Solt met with multiple coaches, including offensive line coach AJ Blazek.
“He played under [Iowa] coach Kirk Ferentz and he’s a phenominal coach and he’s very well known,” Solt said. “He doesn’t’ have a huge background but his playing background is big. He knows what it takes. He’s very energetic and upbeat.”
Solt, who is also a long snapper, moves from guard to center this season and expects to be an interior lineman in college. He is prepared to enroll early at any school but will not force an early decision, he said.