Rutgers finds itself somewhere on the list for most top New Jersey prospects. But for every Darius Hamilton or Devin Fuller that seriously considers the home-state school, twice as many top players do not.
For Paramus (N.J.) Catholic's Drew Singleton, the top uncommitted recruit in New Jersey, Rutgers interest is legitimate, he said.
“I'm actually serious about Rutgers,” Singleton said. “I have a great relationship with coach [Chris] Ash. It's definitely a serious school I'm looking for as an option.”
Rutgers remains in constant contact with Singleton but is not yet on the official visit schedule.
“The coaching staff itself brought over a new attitude,” he said. “They've brought over a new work ethic and a new attitude with the way they do things at Rutgers, and I'm loving it.”
Singleton speaks often with Ash and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
“He's a different type of guy, but he really wants to get to know his players on a personal level before he gets to know you on a football level,” Singleton said. “He knows you as a person first, and then he's able to coach you better as a player.”
Paramus Catholic opens Friday at Baltimore St. Frances. Under new coach Dan Sabella, Singleton is eager for a proper senior sendoff.
“I'm definitely having a lot of fun getting ready,” Singleton said. “It's fun, but it's intense and it's serious because last year we came out with not so great of a season. This year, this time we're focused and serious.”
With a Friday night season opener, Singleton can watch close friend Najee Clayton in a significant role for Rutgers at Washington the next day.
“I think [Washington] is really in trouble,” Singleton said about Clayton. “That's my big brother and he doesn't play around. He's a serious guy. He plays hard.”