If all goes well in the next week, Rutgers could have another weapon at cornerback for training camp in Reedley (Calif.) Junior College’s Kobe Marfo Jr.
A late qualifier out of high school in Northern Virginia, the 6-foot, 188-pound defensive back hopes that a March 21 official visit to Rutgers ends with his signed commitment.
“Hopefully everything goes well and I can sign with Rutgers before the April 1 deadline and enroll for their practice on June 1 and start working out with the team,” Marfo said. “I plan on going there and meeting all of the coaches because it’s the new coaching staff and sit down to speak with [head coach Chris] Ash and [cornerbacks coach Aaron] Henry.”
Marfo chose the junior college route out of Alexandria (Va.) Hayfield High over four 1-AA scholarship offers.
Because Marfo was a late qualifier after National Signing Day in high school, he does not have to return to junior college for a second year. Rutgers offered Marfo last week, and hopes to sign him.
Marfo’s relationships at Rutgers begin with offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer, who recruited Marfo during stops at James Madison and Houston.
“Coach Mehringer, he’s a very young, very interactive guy,” Marfo said. “He’s very straight to the point and a down-to-earth kind of guy.”
The communication with Rutgers has been consistent and helpful, Marfo said.
“I’m pretty sold on them with all of the stuff they told me,” he said. “They didn’t waste any time offering me. I’ve been speaking with them for three weeks now. They were just trying to find out a lot of information about me because I wasn’t signed out of high school. I was a late qualifier after Signing Day.”
Marfo has family in nearby Newark, N.J., and chose California for junior college because his cousin Larry Asante plays for the Oakland Raiders.
“It’s very exciting not just for me but my family and friends,” Marfo said. “It would definitely be a blessing to be only three hours away [from home] and play Big Ten football. Some of the teams that they play are close by, so it’s easy for people to come to games and stuff. They have a lot of schools that they’re playing this year that passed me up in high school. I’d like to get sweet revenge.”