On a junior day with dozens of offered prospects, New Jersey's No. 1 quarterback in 2018 was one of the biggest visitors to campus.
Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek quarterback Devin Leary, Gatorade's New Jersey Player of the Year last season, went to campus with teammates for his first in-depth interaction with offensive coordinator Jerry Kill. Rutgers and head coach Chris Ash offered Leary one year ago, and stressed their interest in him during junior day.
"I thought Jerry Kill is a great coach, and is a great person off the field, too," Leary said. "He is a very humble man who I can relate to. I like his concepts in coaching a quarterback. I believe I fit into their offense by coach Kill adjusting to the quarterback's abilities."
Rutgers hopes Leary becomes next in a long line of Timber Creek athletes that found success in state. Defensive end Quanzell Lambert graduated this year after multiple starting seasons while TE/DE Myles Nash and linebacker Tyreek Williams experienced breakout years in 2016. The Scarlet Knights signed defensive back Naijee Jones in 2017.
"I am comfortable with Rutgers because of the past Timber Creek guys that have been there and still are there now," Leary said. "[They] excelled well on and off the field."
Leary spent roughly five hours on campus with the coaching staff and head coach Chris Ash.
"My favorite part of junior day was all of the coaches showing my father and I a family approach and taking everything [in] that they had to offer," he said.