Newark (N.J.) Weequahic star cornerback Ihmir Marsette is “almost there” after Sunday unofficial visit to Rutgers with family.
Marsette plays in a state title game Dec. 3, and that could be the final step before a commitment.
“I'm almost there, but I have to finish the season and see where I'm going at the end of the day,” Marsette said. “I just want to make sure I finish out strong, and I'm on the right path keeping my grades up high. It's important for me to finish school and be where I'm supposed to be, so I want to make sure I'm focused on that first.”
Marsette is already comfortable with leader Rutgers, but he wants to be on the same page with family.
“My grandma got to see everything, and she got to finally get out there and see everything that I've been talking about,” Marsette said. “She likes it, likes the coaches and everything. That was the main thing was just to get her around and get her to see what it's like up there.”
Marsette's grandmother is “an inspiration,” he said, and a key part of the college process.
“She's been with me all my life, and when she likes something, I'm never too far behind,” Marsette said. “She liked it all. She said that she liked it, and she liked all of the coaches and what they were doing with the program. She said she liked their attitude.”
Marsette recently spoke with defensive backs coach Bill Busch about the 2016 season. He also met with coach Chris Ash during his Sunday visit the day after a shutout loss to Penn State.
“The losses don't matter to me,” he said. “They're getting to rebuild the team for next year. They have some very good, productive players coming in that can be really good. I think they can come in and make a difference next year.”
Weequachi plays Newark (N.J.) Shabazz Dec. 3 at Kean.
“This is very exciting,” Marsette said. “In football, we've battled through a lot and it's great to be there. We know what it takes to win. I've been in state championship races on the track. I just want to bring that attitude toward football and win it all.”