Not a participant, Montvale (N.J.) St. Joseph Regional 2017 defensive back Evan Stewart focused even harder on the Rutgers coaches during Saturday's elite prospects camp. Stewart held off on physical activity, but he instead watched an entire day's worth of camp alongside his father.
"It was a cool visit," Stewart said. "I liked the atmosphere and how serious the competition was. I learned a lot just from watching."
Stewart, whose father George Stewart played at Rutgers, had eyes on the program long before his spring scholarship offer.
"It's great because my dad went here," he said. "I grew up wanting to come to Rutgers, and going to all of the games. He played at Rutgers, so that's something we talked about. He was really happy for me."
Rutgers hosted Stewart for Saturday's camp, and invited him back for another visit this month.
"They seem to like me a lot," he said. "They've told me about how much they like my film and how they want me to come back for another visit. They haven't told me where they like me, so I think that's part of it."
During Saturday's visit, Stewart connected with Rutgers defensive tackle Kevin Wilkins. Wilkins stopped by camp as a host for unofficial visitor Mike Tverdov, and checked in on his former St. Joe's teammate.
"We grew up in the same town, and he's told me about the changes at Rutgers," Stewart said. "It helps having that perspective. I get more insight into what's going on with the program."
Stewart also holds offers from North Carolina, Temple and Boston College.
"I'll probably visit UNC this summer," he said. "Right now, [I'm] focused on good academics at the next level. I'm looking for a good football team and a place that feels like home."