Rutgers is the closest option to home for four-star Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville product Zihir Lacewell, and he felt that on a recent visit.
Lacewell traveled to the Rutgers spring game with family, where he left with stronger impression on the school.
“My last Rutgers visit was definitely good,” Lacewell said. “It makes me feel at home. The coaching staff has been talking to me all the time. They know how to make me feel comfortable.”
While Lacewell projects best as an outside linebacker, Rutgers wants him as an athlete, he said.
“I'll probably play receiver but start playing safety or linebacker later on,” Lacewell said. “I just want to play. I can do anything if I put my mind to it.”
Rutgers was the first school to aggressively recruit Lacewell, he said.
“They keep everything real,” Lacewell said. “They tell you everything that they can do for you but some things, you have to do for yourself. They offer a lot.”
Lacewell played last season with incoming Rutgers cornerback Tim Barrow.
“He says to consider all of my options but keep thinking about Rutgers,” Lacewell said. “He's always talking about Rutgers.”
Lacewell said a Penn State visit during camp season is next but when asked if he could decide soon, he said “I don't know. It's possible.”
“I just want (the school) that feels comfortable,” Lacewell said. “I want to have a good education. I want to make it to the next level. It's that simple.”