Cornerback Nazir James is the Latest Piscataway Prospect on the Rutgers Radar

Rutgers hosted Piscatawa (N.J.) 2017 defensive back Nazir James Saturday for an unofficial visit.

The Rutgers and Piscataway (N.J.) High relationship was important to new head coach Chris Ash, who proved it with a series of hand-written letters to Dan Higgins and an early offer to Elorm Lumor in January.

Rutgers, with Lumor now enrolled as a defensive end, remains focused in on Piscataway and hosted a top defensive back for the Chiefs Saturday in Nazir James.

“Rutgers was a great experience,” said James, who also has interest from Syracuse and Connecticut. “The coaches told me how they loved the energy. I loved the pace of their defense because I’m a defensive back, and I love how they play. [Rutgers] wants me to come for a live practice and see how I roll my hips and attack the ball.”

James played with Lumor as a sophomore at Piscataway, and enjoyed the site of his former teammate in action for the Scarlet Knights.

“I started for Piscataway as a sophomore and he was the left defensive end, so whatever side he was on, I was right next to him at corner,” James said. “I was very comfortable with him because he was a very explosive defensive end, so I was more confident in my coverages because I knew he was attacking the quarterback. We caught up during the practice and he asked me if I was thinking about coming to Rutgers. He told me it’s really nice there and I’ll like the atmosphere that’s changing.”

James keyed on cornerbacks during the three-hour practice session. He also spoke with cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry, who was a star defensive back under Ash’s defense at Wisconsin.

“It was very cool,” James said. “He talked to me about some stuff I need to work on, and I just took it in. It was a very good talk that I had with him. I loved watching his guys in practice.

“ … I liked how they disguised their coverages. They’ll act like they’re pressing you and then they sag off into a cover two or some type of coverage to keep you off balance. I liked their communication and how they react to the ball.”


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