Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville three-star athlete Tim Barrow welcomed plenty of fun and information during his most-recent visit to Rutgers.
A verbal pledge to the Scarlet Knights and coach Chris Ash, he also took a hint about his potential future on the gridiron based on his visit itinerary.
“I believe, I'm not sure, but I think I'm playing corner because I was with [cornerbacks coach Aaron] Henry the majority of the day. It was cool. It was just me, Bryce [Watts] and Naijee Jones and a couple of other defensive players.”
Barrow began his recruitment as a target at wide receiver. He committed to Rutgers as an athlete, welcome to whatever position fits him best upon arrival in the summer of 2017.
“If I do end up playing corner, it would be a great time,” Barrow said. “It would be great to play for coach Henry. He's an energetic guy and he loves to compete. There are some really good receivers in the Big Ten that I'd like to go against. I feel that coach Henry could develop me into a great corner and be under coach Ash's wing.”
Rutgers showed Barrow multiple sides of the school during last week's unofficial visitor event for top recruits.
The visit kicked off with a unique challenge from the coaching staff. Barrow vs. Watts in a basketball shootout.
“Bryce won, but you know I wasn't warmed up yet,” Barrow said. “I was cold. If I warmed up it's another story. … My favorite part of the day was competing with Bryce. It was really unexpected at the time just to see my face pop up on the screen and see Bryce's face pop up.”
Barrow announced his verbal commitment in a Scout video at his school.
Since the announcement, stress is down in recruiting for New York's No. 2 athlete in 2017.
“It's great to have the process over,” Barrow said. “It feels nice to know that a place is going to keep its word and I'm keeping my word. Hopefully nothing happens with the coaching staff. I don't expect it to, but I really love the school. I really love the fan base. I love what coach Ash is doing to the program. He changed a lot of the bad things. I've also learned a lot more about the academic reputation of Rutgers. I got a chance to see the business school.”
“We have a really strong rivalry,” Barrow said. “Amad and I have the same trainer and there's plenty of respect, but we really don't keep in a bunch of contact because we're at rival schools. … Of course I want to help recruit him to Rutgers.”