Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville athlete Tim Barrow forgot his hat during a Saturday unofficial visit for the Rutgers spring game. The good news for Rutgers, and its recruitment of the 6-foot-1, 170-pound New Yorker, is the hat issue was the worst part of Barrow’s day.
Barrow still has Rutgers No. 1.
“If I got a haircut that day and I had my hat, it would have been perfect, but all jokes aside, I give [my visit] a 10,” Barrow said. “Me and my friends and my father pulled up in the parking lot and I saw a whole bunch of Rutgers fans. People were setting up outside their cars with grills and tables and taking pictures and kids running around with footballs. The Rutgers logo was everywhere. It was amazing. I’d never seen anything like it.”
Barrow remains unstressed about the recruiting process while his father wants to speed up a decision.
“My dad is very into it with me in making a decision,” Barrow said. “He loves Rutgers. My mom loves Rutgers. My dad basically wants me to make my decision after spring but I don’t know when I’m going to make my decision yet. Rutgers is still top for me. I still love the program. It’s the program that treats me as if I’m a five-star recruit.”
Spring evaluation concludes May 31, and Barrow expects visits from Temple, Pittsburgh, Boston College, Monmouth, Massachusetts and Rutgers within that timeframe.
Barrow ranks as the top wide receiver in New York among 2017 prospects. The 10th receiver in the east region and a three-star product, Barrow is open to both sides of the ball.
Rutgers needs depth offensive and defensively and has two wide receiver and two cornerback commits in its 2017 class.
“They’re recruiting me as an athlete, so I could be playing both way at Rutgers,” Barrow said. “Coach [Chris] Ash spoke to me about it. He asked me where I want to play. I told him wide receiver. He said they’d see how everything is and give me that opportunity, but they want me to get the feel for defense as well because as coach Ash comes in from Ohio State, he’s a defensive guy. His main goal is to build a strong defense.
“… I just want to play football. I just want to get the playing time I earn. I’ll work hard for it. That’s it.”