Chris Ash's aggressive recruitment secured a commitment from Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson cornerback Edwin Lopez. On-campus visits and interaction keep New Jersey's No. 2 cornerback solid to the Scarlet Knights, Lopez said.
Lopez speaks often with Ash and cornerbacks coach Aaron Henry. He also followed the intense training camp closely while involved in his own preseason.
“They've shown a lot of love to make me feel comfortable,” Lopez said. “I've seen their practices and I like the way they motivate their players to get the talent out of them. And I feel like I'm a good fit for Rutgers.”
Lopez speaks most often with Henry, his future position coach.
“We relate a lot,” Lope said. “We come from a similar place and a similar background. He's a smart guy. He's a great DB coach, and that's my position and I feel like he is a great coach. … He just wants me to keep up the good work. Mainly, I have to stay on track of my schoolwork. My education comes first.”
A projected cornerback at Rutgers, Lopez plays primarily strong safety for Wilson.
“Safety is a lot more of a hitting position,” Lopez said. “I get to be more physical at safety than I can at corner in our defense. That's what I like to do. I like to play physically and hit.”
Lopez recently scrimmaged at Monmouth University against Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek and Brick (N.J.).
“I've gone up against some real top teams [in scrimmages],” Lopes said. “I'm definitely getting better every day. I enjoyed that challenge. We're going to have a good season. … Even though I'm committed, I still go hard and I still push it to show that I'm ready for Rutgers. There is no less pressure because at the end of the day, I still have to do what I have to do on the field to earn that scholarship.”