Rutgers coach Chris Ash has his own style as an official visit planner. Instead of the bright lights of New York, Ash focused on family and the Rutgers campus itself.
Official visits ended with a breakfast at Ash's family home with recruits and families.
“It was a lot of fun,” said Union (N.J.) defensive end commit Mike Tverdov. “It's a nice house. We went over and ate breakfast, and took pictures together. We just hung out and watched some football. We went into the basement where he has kind of an arcade room. We had fun with the coaches and it was a great place to talk to each other.”
Communication was the key for Tverdov, who wants more defensive linemen on his side in the 2017 class. New Jersey's top defensive end went to work on other visits Brendan Bordner, Tyree Johnson and Axel Nyembwe.
Tverdov's pitch was not very different to Ash's.
“My main priority this weekend was just to try to recruit other guys,” Tverdov said. “I think there are guys that are close to committing to us and I have a good feeling about them. … The first thing I said, if you want to play big-time college football and you want to get on the field early, I'm willing to be there's no other place, maybe a couple of others, but there's no other place you'll get the same shot. Everybody on the D-line has a chance to play early as a true freshman. That's just reality.”
The visit included other staples like meals on campus and a bowling trip, but the Hale Center moments stood out to Tverdov.
“[My official visit] makes me feel excited,” Tverdov said. “I'm just really excited to see how they're going to tune out my body. That's going to help me so much on the field and be able to perform at a first-class level.”
The body development begins with strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker.
“KP was like half the reason I committed to that school in all honesty,” Tverdov said. “As far as taking care of you in the weight room and off the field, I can talk to him. I'm going to spend more time with him over the next four years than almost anyone. It's definitely good to have a guy like that with you.”
Defensive lineman Jimmy Hogan, former Ramapo (N.J.) star, hosted Tverdov.
“He told me the same deal about how they all love each other and they're getting better every day,” he said. “He told me how he enjoyed his time so far, positive things.”