Springfield (Mo.) Kickapoo tight end Travis Vokolek's recruitment is not over, but it could be close following an official visit to Rutgers.
Vokolek flew in with his family Saturday morning. By Sunday afternoon's ride back to Newark Airport, the Scarlet Knights were his leader.
“I didn't commit but I definitely have more interest in Rutgers now that I've been here and seen everything,” Vokolek said. “I know the players. I got to know more recruits and the rest of the coaches. I'm definitely very interested in Rutgers. I'll tell you right now they're at the top of my list after this visit.”
Vokolek, the son of a long-time college coach, had no plans of a rushed decision. The key, he said, is an in-home visit tomorrow with head coach Chris Ash and tight ends coach Vince Okruch.
“I'm going to take some time to think about everything, the rest of tonight and probably tomorrow and then we'll see what happens,” Vokolek said. “... My parents were very impressed with everything coming from the academic side of it to the football side. Everything is very organized. They're starting to build something very special there.”
Rutgers showed Vokolek its plans for tight ends while on an abbreviated official visit. Vokolek has a per-existing relationship with new tight ends coach Jerry Kill based on time spent at Kansas State.
“There's going to be many different sets with a tight end,” he said. “They have two-tight, one-tight end sets. He just said I could really help improve the offense. I'd play pretty early. They don't really see me as a blocking guy. I'll plug a little bit but they see me more as a catch-and-make-a-guy-miss-in-space tight end.”
Rising sophomore tight end Nakia Griffin hosted Vokolek over the weekend.
“The mentality of the players is really good, and I think that's attractive about the school,” Vokolek said. “They want you to compete to win with your brothers, and that's something I want to be a part of. … Nakia has some of the same interests. We're not big parties. We don't like to go out all of the time. We like to sit by ourselves and hang out with friends. When it came to football, he told me this was going to be his first time fully playing because two tight ends graduated. He said it's hard but it's all going to eventually pay off. Results will happen if you do all of the dirty work.”