Salem (N.J.) running back Jonathan Taylor may visit other schools, but he wants Rutgers to know that his commitment is firm. Taylor reiterated his commitment to Rutgers after Sunday's camp visit.
With urging from family, however, Taylor may still explore new options.
“My father and my family, we've had conversations discussing the situation and I have offers from a lot of great programs like Rutgers,” Taylor said. “I'm committed right now to Rutgers. Right now, it's RU. My father has been telling me to make sure I weigh all of my options but it's RU baby.
“... The coaches and the culture at Rutgers are what it's about. There's a feeling that you get when you look at last year's staff and this year's staff. There's more energy. There's pride in what they do and they want to be the best.”
Taylor expects to wrap up a visit schedule for the summer soon including a date for a Wisconsin visit, and expects to be back at Rutgers before training camp.
“Right now I'm in the process of getting together my schedule for the summer since I just got off the track season,” he said. “The next couple of days will be where I set my summer schedule. I'm not sure what visits I'd take yet.”
Head coach Chris Ash, receivers coach Jafar Williams and running backs coach Zak Kuhr all worked with Taylor during Saturday's camp.
“I liked the structure of the camp,” Taylor said. “You go to a camp with a lot of guys and sometimes things are disorderly and you just waste your time. This camp, the coaches made sure that everything was in line. My visit was great. I connected with the coaches like I do every time I visit. They really understand me and we have a great connection.”
Taylor expects visits this summer after he concluded a dominant junior season on the track. One of New Jersey's top track athletes, Taylor lit up the track in June.
“My personal best in the 100-meter was a 10.55, so that's something I really strive to get,” Taylor said. “Once I got under 11, I said 'why not get faster'? My track season was great. Our 4x1 team ended up being third-best in the entire state. ... The [Rutgers] coaches were reaching out to me to encourage me and just tell me to keep competing. Go take the whole state title.”