When Clayton Scott received his first offer in December from Rutgers, it was a meaningful one to the 2018 running back out of Millville (N.J.) High.
At the end of Scott’s junior season, interest picked up in the form of offers from the Scarlet Knights along with Army, Princeton and Rhode Island.
Months later, Scott remains in constant contact with the school that was there from the start.
“They’ve been great,” Scott said of the Rutgers staff. “We text on a daily basis. Coach (Chris) Ash texts me every week, almost on a daily basis. Me and (cornerbacks) coach (Henry) Baker were on the phone for 35 minutes, 40 minutes. Coach (Matt) Hewitt, he sends me a text here and there on motivational things, speakers, pictures and things like that … so I’m in contact with them a lot.”
On top of the April 22 spring game, Scott said he and his Millville coach plan to make a trip to Rutgers for spring practice.
“I actually want to talk to the guys more, talk to the players, so I could see their standpoint on Rutgers because every coach is going to tell you the same thing,” Scott said. “But I want to see how the players see it from a player’s perspective as opposed to just an outside or another coach. So, talking to the players and seeing what it’s really like to go through a full day, things like that. So, if I do sign, I know what I’m getting into.”
Aaron Henry was a primary recruiter Scott said he connected with at Rutgers. Henry then left in January for NC State. When Baker stepped in as the replacement, Scott said he immediately clicked with the new cornerbacks coach.
“I like (Baker) a lot,” Scott said. “I just feel like, you know when you talk to a coach and they have that type of respect. With him, I feel like it’s a respect level. But at the same time, I’m not afraid to step outside my comfort zone with him. We connect in a lot of ways, like his past and my past, as far as my family situation. It’s a nice little bond that we created.”
With the spring evaluation period on deck, Scott said he does not have a decision in mind for anytime soon.
“I’m going to try to do (decide) — if not the first home game, probably the last home game, so sometime in the fall,” Scott said. “I’m waiting on my coach to give me the schedule now.”
As a South Jersey product, Scott took notice of the recruiting efforts Rutgers refocused to his region of the state.
“It’s almost like the talent pretty much goes unnoticed,” Scott said. “What I see Rutgers trying to do is trying to build up South Jersey better. We do have athletes. South Jersey breeds great athletes.
“I feel like they’re trying to build, but it’s not like they’re trying to take too long. They’re trying to build fast. The class of 2017 was really good. Now they’re trying to bring in a good class of 2018. So, in a year or two, we really can compete with the teams in the Big Ten.”