Recruiting is stressful enough for high-school athletes, but the final weeks before National Signing Day create a chaotic environment.
To avoid the chaos, Minnesota's top defensive end Boye Mafe laid out a plan to his final decision. Mafe finished a Rutgers official visit Sunday morning, and goes to Minnesota Friday to meet new coach PJ Fleck and his staff. A final decision comes shortly after he leaves Minnesota.
“It will probably be Monday or Tuesday, right before Signing Day,” Mafe said. “It's a long process.”
From Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins, Mafe enjoyed an unexpected environment in Piscataway, N.J. during his stay.
“I thought it might be more like New York City in a sense of it being a city type of school,” he said. “It ended up being more of a suburb with a college town in it. It was a different experience than I expected, but I enjoyed that about it.”
Rutgers head coach Chris Ash and defensive line coach Shane Burnham connected with Mafe while on the visit.
“The coaches, they're very nice,” Mafe said. “They're not really about giving you the college spiel. They just tell you how it's going to be. They don't sugarcoat. You have to fight for your chance to play. You have to do it on your own. You'll have all of the resources you need and it's up to you to take advantage.”
Defensive tackle Jon Batkey was his host.
“I liked Jon,” Mafe said. “He said Rutgers is a place where you're going to get better but it's not going to be easy. The coaches are going to push you to new points to make you better.”
Mafe returns home Sunday night with Minnesota up next.
“Everything is good with Minnesota,” he said. “It's going alright, kind of the same old same old. I'm excited for the visit.”