Rutgers had a packed house of recruits Saturday on unofficial visits but still made multiple prospects feel like priorities.
One of those prospects was Richland (N.J.) St. Augustine Prep 2018 running back Kyle Dobbins. Hot to start his junior season, Dobbins added a verbal Rutgers scholarship offer to go along with opportunities at Northwestern and Temple.
“[Rutgers] said before I went to the game that I could get an offer if I came,” Dobbins said. “Coach K (running backs coach Zak Kuhr) talked to me about it. Even though they got blown out, he talked to me a lot. I went to the locker room and he pulled me out and said 'I'd like to give you a full scholarship offer.'”
Dobbins sits at three verbal offers with added interest from Notre Dame, Syracuse, Pittsburgh and Virginia Tech.
“It's a great feeling,” Dobbins said. “When I got Rutgers, it was a great feeling. It's Big Ten. I was surprised, happy, excited. We talked about my recruitment and just about their coaching staff and work ethic.”
As a South Jersey standout, Dobbins is well aware of the improvements under Chris Ash in recruiting the area with commitments like transfer Ahmir Mitchell, running back Jonathan Taylor, receiver Bo Melton and others.
Dobbins said that a good football team, good coaching and experience are keys to his recruitment. Big Ten opportunities at Northwestern and Rutgers stand out so far.
“The Big Ten is big,” he said. “The Big Ten has a lot of fans. It has a lot of diversity, and that's great being around all of those people watching. … It's a great conference to potentially play in.”
Education is another key factor, Dobbins said.
“It's really, really important because you need a job in case football doesn't work,” he said. I” need a degree.”