Rutgers head coach Chris Ash wants his players to be his best recruiters. In that case, defensive back Larry Stevens gets a gold star based on Saturday's recruiting activities.
Stevens is a former defensive back for Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco Prep. In front of two former Bosco teammates Saturday morning, Stevens showcased major improvement from his high-school days.
“Larry looked great at practice,” said 2018 defensive back Kevin Brennan, who started alongside Stevens in 2016. “He's moving around well after his injury last year. It's clear that he's been working hard in the weight room. I got to speak with hi a little before and after practice. We just caught up and he was explaining how Rutgers is a very special place.”
Brennan visited with 2018 defensive end Marcellus Earlington. Earlington's spring visits are limited because of a commitment to play travel basketball. Getting him back on campus gave Rutgers an edge.
“It was a good visit,” Earlington said. “I was surprised at how good the Rutgers defense was. My favorite part was being in the meeting rooms going over schemes.”
Both players went through morning meetings with the defense, watched practice and then visited other areas of the program before an afternoon departure.
Brennan and Earlington are expected back on campus this spring with Boston College visits up next.
“I loved everything I saw at practice,” Brennan said. “All of the coaches and players brought a lot of intensity. I especially liked the fact that I got to see (co-defensive coordinator Bill) Busch coach. It's clear that he's very experienced. Overall it was a great visit.”