Rutgers got Burlington (N.J.) standout 2017 receiver Everett Wormley back on campus Tuesday after a recent trip to Maryland. Wormley brought his mother to campus this time, and she left as happy with the experience as he was.
Wormley was a priority 2017 target for Rutgers before its offseason coaching change. New head coach Chris Ash made it clear that he was still a top target during today’s visit.
“It was just a great atmosphere with how they were to me and my mom, showing love as always,” Wormley said. “I loved the tempo of practice. It was definitely fast. The coaches paid a lot of attention to the details and were coaching guys up on the fly.”
The Rutgers coaching staff spent significant time with Wormley and his family.
“She’s talked to the coaches before, but my mom definitely likes Rutgers,” he said. “It’s more on the academic side and seeing the people that I’m going to be around. She was talking to the coaches and getting to know them. She loves [receivers coach Jafar] Williams and Ash and we got to talk to [offensive coordinator Drew] Mehringer for a couple of minutes. It was really comfortable.”
When it came to recruiting, Rutgers was “not at all” aggressive for a commitment.
“They want me to enjoy the process,” he said. “They always ask me about what other visits I plan on taking. They understand it from a recruit’s perspective. We want to take our time with a decision. They said take more time and whenever I’m ready, let them know what I want to do. … It makes it so much more comfortable around them.”
Wormley also traveled to Rutgers with underclassman Iverson Clement, who received an offer. He describes himself as close with Clement, Bradenton (Fla.) IMG Academy center Cesar Ruiz and Bridgeton (N.J.) athlete Markquese Bell, who all visited and have ties to the NLG 7-on-7 program.
“Me and Markquese are like two brothers,” Wormley said. “We’re always competing together. We were out there watching the 1-on-1s and he was with the DBs, and I was with receivers. It’s like a brother. I’m also close to Cesar so it was good to be chilling at Rutgers with him for a while. Iverson Clement got his offer. It’s like a family.
“[Playing together] has been discussed before, of course, with us being so close but I’m just doing what’s best for me at the end of the day. I’ll probably decide earlier than Cesar and Markquese so whenever and wherever I go, I’ll try to bring them with me.”
Wormley has no formal decision plans, but could end his recruitment in late May, he said.