Rutgers has a strong stable at defensive back in its 2017 class but Cherry Hill (N.J.) West three-star Harrison Hand still feels like a top target.
While Rutgers looks to fill out its defensive class in the front seven, Hand remains a top target for coach Chris Ash and his staff.
“They're all great people,” Hand said after he camped last week with Rutgers. “They know what they're talking about and they care about teaching you. They definitely have me as a priority. They feel like they can produce me into the next level and get me ready in three or four years. That's what I want.”
Hand received a spotlight focus from the Rutgers staff during camp, including 1-on-1 work with cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry and designed matchups against some of South Jersey's best – Everett Wormley and Markquese Bell.
“I felt great out at the camp,” he said. “There was a lot of competition and I got way better.”
Henry and Hand have a strong relationship, Hand said. He also speaks with defensive backs coach Bill Busch, Ash and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
“It was great.,” Hand said. “They all wanted to get me better. They showed love, talking to me the whole camp. They all operate like a family. They like to work together.”
Hand's visibility increased after he clocked a 4.40 laser 40-yard dash in May. Ohio State is a new school on the radar after hand spoke with head coach Urban Meyer and defensive coordinator Greg Schiano ad Wednesday's Fairleigh Dickinson camp.
“They said I was great and they loved they way I played with my hands and my physicality,” said Hand, who does not yet hold an offer. “They want to get me up for a visit. I definitely will. That's a dream school.”