Rutgers has plenty of connections to Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick High, and hopes to have another one in the class of 2018.
The new Scarlet Knights coaching staff hosted 2018 standout receiver Justin Shorter for Thursday’s spring practice and were the second school to issue a verbal offer.
Shorter visited with teammates and head coach Joe Goerge for a morning with the program.
“I really felt like I was a part of the team when I was out there,” Shorter said. “They all showed love for me. I really liked coach [Jafar] Williams because he was a fun guy. It was cool to be in the room when they were going over their goals and talking about concepts about getting out of their breaks better.”
The 2016 roster should include two former South Brunswick players in linebacker T.J. Taylor and wide receiver Mohamed Jabbie. Former South Brunswick head coach Rick Mantz is a member of Chris Ash’s recruiting team as well.
“Their message was that they really want me at Rutgers,” Shorter said. “They thought I was one of their top prospects in the class of 2018, so they want me there. They’re always going to be checking on me and recruiting me.”
Shorter sat in on team meetings with the wide receivers and watched practice before he left campus at lunchtime.
“They definitely looked good in practice,” Shorter said on the wide receivers. “All of the routes they ran looked crisp. They knew where they were supposed to be. They had one quarterback, the one that transferred from LSU (Hayden Rettig), and he had an arm. He has a real arm.
“My favorite part was just walking in there and seeing how high the energy was everywhere I went. Nobody was tired even though it was so early in the morning. They were there since 6:30 in the morning and nobody was taking it east.”
Shorter has no other visits scheduled, and also holds verbal offers from Temple, Old Dominion and Pittsburgh. He hopes to visit Pittsburgh in the summer when former teammate Phil Campbell takes the field for the Panthers.
“At first, I wasn’t sure if I’d ever get an offer, so I was pumped up when they started rolling in,” Shorter said. “I’ve been working hard, but you have to just keep your head down and stay focused.”