Like everything else, when it came to Drew Mehringer's Rutgers departure, coach Chris Ash had a plan. Before Mehringer formally departed to return to Tom Herman, Ash sat down the 13 committed official visitors and explained the situation.
Alongside the remaining offensive coaches, Ash's messages was to not worry.
“We were definitely dissapointed to hear about coach Mehringer leaving, but we definitely understand it, too,” said Burlington (N.J.) receiver Everett Wormley. “He's been with coach Herman a lot, and he lives in Texas. It was a move that made sense for him. Coach Ash told us don't worry about a new system or fitting into a system that you don't fit. We recruited you to run this system, and we're going to bring in a coach that runs the same exact system.”
That system is a power-spread offense focused on read options, mobility, speed and execution. The remaining offensive staff spoke confidently about staying together with recruits.
“None of us are really worried,” Wormley said. “Coach [Jafar] Williams was with us, and we still have coach Williams and the majority of the offense is going to be there. We're not really worried."
Outside of the tough conversation about coordinators, Wormley called his official visit an “extremely fun weekend.”
Freshman Dacoven Bailey hosted Wormley, who also spent time with quarterback Tylin Oden, receiver commit Shameen Jones and cornerback commit Naijee Jones.
“It was funny because it was mainly Jersey guys and we're hanging out with guys from Texas and Tennessee,” Wormley said. We had a lot in common but we do stuff a little bit different.”
More than anything, Wormley devoted his attention to re-recruiting Jonathan Lovett.
“I was with [Lovett] the most out of all the recruits,” Wormley said. “He was with me and Bo [Melton] and Bryce [Watts]. We want you back on board bad. The coaching staff echoed the same message to him. He is No. 1 to this program when it comes to recruiting. I told him, look how fun this was and it could be for four years, come in and play right away. Hop back on board but we're brothers no matter what and we want you here with us.”