A Rutgers official visit was not what Cherry Hill (N.J.) West cornerback Harrison Hand expected. And that was a good thing.
Hand left a Rutgers visit Sunday morning with the Scarlet Knights' stock up on his leaderboard.
“I got there and they treated me great and I had fun,” Hand said. “It wasn't [what I expected]. Truthfully, I didn't know what I was going to expect. I was just going in there to get the feel but it was great.”
Rutgers coach Chris Ash and assistants hit home with a message about early playing time in New Jersey.
“It definitely gave them a boost up there,” Hand said. “It made me feel like I could stay home. It's the feel, and what they're trying to build too.”
Host Isaiah Wharton and Ash gave Hand similar breakdowns of what he could expect as a defensive back within the program.
“[Wharton] told me that the Dbs, they're ready to turn up next year,” Hand said. “They're going to be a good fit. … [Ash said] basically the same thing. We're rebuilding. We've got a lot of dogs coming in. It's going to be great.”
New Jersey's top cornerback bonded with New Jersey's top overall prospect during the visit. Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney four-star tackle Micah Clark made it clear that he wants Hand as a teammate.
“We had fun,” Hand said. “He's a great guy. He's funny, always dancing, turning up to anything. My boy dances a lot. He's good.”
The visit itinerary was a busy one for Hand, who joked that he may lose a fifth of a second in his 40-yard dash time after the amount of food he consumed.
“We did everything,” Hand said. “We ate. We had fun. We went bowling, arcade. We had a lot of fun.”
Hand's recruitment remains open with a Temple visit up next on the schedule. Hand officially visited Virginia Tech earlier in the year, and Pittsburgh may come into the picture in January.