Rutgers hosted one of New Jersey's fast-rising prospects Tuesday with the present and future at the forefront of a recruiting pitch.
Blairstown (N.J.) Blair Academy defensive end Jayson Oweh spent four hours on the campus, where the coaching staff showed off the transformations of the football program.
From the already-renovated weight room to a practice field coming soon, the sweeping changes made an impact on Oweh.
“What coach [Chris] Ash has done over there is amazing,” Oweh said. “He's changed that whole culture. He's building a new practice field and he totally revamped the weight room. What he's doing is good for Rutgers.”
The visit included a facility, academic and campus tour with recruiting staff member Matt Hewitt. Oweh also enjoyed a presentation about “life beyond the game,” he said.
“I just really liked how they're trying to turn around their program,” Oweh said. “They showed me befores and afters of players that were in the system trying to gain weight and gain muscle. How they look now, it's like a totally-different person. They're making their players ready for the next level.”
Oweh spent the majority of his time with Hewitt, tight ends coach Vince Okruch and strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker.
Temple and Pittsburgh are next on the recruiting schedule, Oweh said.
“So far, this is fun,” he said. “It's good to feel wanted. I love visiting these different colleges, so it's good.”