Hilliard (Ohio) Bradley three-star defensive end Brendan Bordner is done with visits for the time being with Rutgers as the final stop on a June tour.
With more than 20 verbal offers and hopes of a trimmed list by the end of the week, Bordner left Rutgers Monday night with a positive impression of the school after six hours on campus.
“It's a power five school with an offer that's recruiting me,” Bordner said on why he visited. “[Coach] Chris Ash going there from Ohio State, obviously that's a name I recognized. It was exciting going out there talking with the coaches and seeing everything.”
Bordner saw the works during his Rutgers visit.
Ohio's No. 3 defensive end in the 2017 class toured every Piscataway and New Brunswick campus as well as the football facilities.
“We went through the entire facilities, saw their weight room, locker room, indoor workout field, training room, everything,” he said. “I met with [assistants Vince] Okruch and [Shane] Burmham and coach Ash. I got a better feel for how they are as coaches and as people. I got more familiar with them and kept building that relationship.”
Bordner saw a need for defensive end depth and a fit in the scheme during the visit.
“They don't really have any true 4-3 defensive ends with the seniors that they're losing this year,” Bordner said. “It's a position that's up for grabs if you go out and earn it. I know nothing would be handed to me.
“... It's the same base concept that we run defensively. There's different terminology for everything too. It's more than just a high-school defense but it's similar to how I do it.”
Rutgers also gave Bordner, whose next visit will be to West Virginia in July, an up-close look at summer conditioning.
“It was very intense, no wasted time,” he said. “I only watched the last 30 minutes but they were working the entire time. They knew what to do.”