Demetri Morsell sat in class when his phone buzzed and he got the message from his coach at Upper Marlboro (Md.) Wise.
Rutgers offered him a football scholarship.
“When I saw the message (about the Rutgers offer), I was so happy,” Morsell said. “I didn’t want to make a scene, so I had to ask my teacher if I could step outside.”
The Scarlet Knights represent the second school to offer the 2018 safety. His first came from Charlotte in the fall.
Rutgers is the only FBS program to offer Morsell, but it isn’t the only one interested in the 6-foot, 170-pounder.
“(Other schools) came up to see (my coaches for me),” Morsell said. “Maryland came, Pitt came, Virginia Tech, Michigan came up and Kentucky.”
When it comes to Rutgers specifically, Morsell has an interesting link to Damon Hayes.
A rising-sophomore cornerback with the Scarlet Knights, Hayes played his high school football at Wise and shares the same trainer with Morsell.
“We talk a little bit,” said Morsell, who transferred to Wise before the season from Waldorf (Md.) Thomas Stone. “We don’t talk a lot. We talk mostly when we go to a workout (and workout with the same trainer).”
Morsell will not be at Sunday's underclassman recruiting event at Rutgers, but expressed interest in a future junior day visit or spring practice.
“They haven’t reached out to me about (a junior day visit), but I would go,” he said.