Rutgers held a clear lead for Bronx (N.Y.) Cardinal Hayes receiver Shameen Jones after a verbal scholarship offer.
Two unofficial visits and three camps were enough to sell Jones on the Scarlet Knights. Jones had to show Rutgers too his family before a decision, and they saw enough Sunday to end the recruiting process.
“My parents' opinion is a big part of my recruitment,” said Jones, who announced his commitment Tuesday. “I couldn't possibly make a decision without them seeing what I see and getting their opinion on it.”
Jones earned an offer from Rutgers after he showed coach Chris Ash his competitive spirit at the Fairleigh Dickinson camp.
Jones also competed at a satellite camp in Pennsylvania and the Rutgers 7-on-7 passing camp.
“It's been a great experience for me and my team,” Jones said. “I wasn't ever really worried about impressing the coaches after they offered me or about recruiting. I just went out to compete and get comfortable.”
The unique Rutgers environment helped sell Jones after he saw the campus during an unofficial June 18 visit.
“I actually love the campus,” Jones said. “It's a very different environment than what I'm used to at home. It's all closed in. Everybody is friendly. There's no arguments or fights. It's a whole big family. Rutgers has been at the top of my recruitment because they've been showing the most love consistently. Other coaches have been more laid back about me, but not Rutgers.”
Receivers coach Jafar Williams helped secure the commitment.
“I feel like coming to Rutgers, coach Williams would be my best friend and a good teacher for me,” Jones said.
With 17 commitments in 2017, Jones hopes 2018 is equally strong and will help recruit offensive lineman Qadir White.
“Rutgers recruiting Qadir not only is cool for me, but it helps my school,” Jones said. “It helps everyone get some more exposure and used to Rutgers.”