Defensive back Jarrett Paul transferred mid year to Paramus (N.J.) Catholic to put himself on the map at a big-time school.
Two months into Paul's time in North Jersey and a pair of schools took serious notice of the 6-foot-1, 189-pound cornerback. Days after Buffalo first offered Paul, Rutgers came through with the same opportunity during an unofficial visit.
“It's such an honor but I still have a lot of work to do,” Paul said. “Rutgers showed me it's all about your work when you get to college. It's about all of the work that you put in, not about recruiting. I'm not letting any of this get to my head. I'm just going to take it all in and just stay level headed.”
Paul visited Rutgers twice in the last week. He showed serious interest in the program as an underclassman.
After co-defensive coordinator Bill Busch worked with him at camps last summer, Paul said he stayed in touch and interested headed up after the transfer to Paramus Catholic.
“It started when I went on junior day on Saturday,” Paul said. “I was able to speak with coach Busch and coach [Chris] Ash. They were breaking it down to me about focusing on the cornerback position for the 2018 class. Depth wise they're low on corners. He told me I'm a guy that they really like due to my size and how I press. They press 95 percent of the time and I'm also a Jersey kid attending Paramus Catholic now.”
Paul returned Thursday for a visit that ended in a scholarship offer from Ash.
“Coach Busch asked if I would like to come visit today and see a workout,” Paul said. “I came. I watched the workout, and they all welcomed me and showed a lot of love. I sat down with coach Ash and he broke it down about changing the culture at Rutgers and bringing accountability to the players. He wants guys that love football. He feels that I'm a guy they want.”
Paul wants to visit Pittsburgh, Boston College and Buffalo this spring, but Rutgers made a strong impression this week with the cornerback.
“The intensity at their workout stood out,” Paul said. “They're really changing the program. They're not letting the 2-10 record get to them. They're working like they're ready to have a big year.”