Camden (N.J.) Woodrow Wilson three-star wide receiver Travon King was on campus at Rutgers Thursday with teammates.
At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, King has national attention with other offers from Houston, NC State, Temple and Tulane. After King toured multiple schools in February, he used Thursday for an in-state return to Rutgers.
“It was a great visit,” King said. “I spent a lot of individual time with the staff.”
King said he connected well with the Rutgers coaching staff, one of his first offers, including relationships with head coach Chris Ash.
“They (the Rutgers staff) want what's best for the players and want you to be something after college football is over,” King said. “They'd rather focus on 100 players being set up with great jobs and great lives than win bowl games. That's their focus. I mean, everyone wants to win of course, but they focus on t he players and not just football.”
Rutgers prefers King on defense for now, he said.
“It's as an athlete but they have me on the defensive side of the ball because they feel like I'll be an immediate impact,” King said. “It's up to me. Whichever route I choose, I'm going to dominate and be a threat whatever they recruit me as because I'm a football player.”
King comes from the same program as 2017 defensive back Edwin Lopez, who signed with the Scarlet Knights in February.
“His choice doesn't have anything to do with my choice, but he's a great player and an awesome teammate,” King said. “At the end of the day, it's my future at stake. … [His success] opened my eyes to what hard work can get you. I know it opens eyes for a lot of young guys.”