As Ryan Betro developed, schools increasingly took notice.
With offers from Syracuse, Boston College and Rutgers over the course of the spring, Betro added interest from the ACC and Big Ten.
The Scarlet Knights were the most recent among the trio to offer the No. 9 defensive tackle in the East.
With special teams coordinator and tight ends coach Vince Okruch as his main contact, Betro familiarizes himself with Rutgers.
“The Big Ten (is what makes Rutgers stand out),” Betro said. “They’re playing really good schools. I honestly don’t know too much about the school itself — school wise, the academics — but I want to get to know more.”
The 6-foot-4, 292-pound Betro is yet to check out Rutgers. However, he is in the process of planning a visit.
“I’m in track season right now, so I’m missing a meet for (The Opening) right now,” Betro said. “It’s just tough. I’m trying to see if I can go in (to Rutgers) on a Sunday or something like that when my schedule opens up.”
Rutgers began its pursuit of Betro after Boston College and Syracuse extended offers.
A New England native, Betro grew up Boston College fan. The Groton (Mass.) Lawrence defensive tackle attends school 37 miles away from campus.
“It’s just close to home, proximity,” Betro said. “I grew up a BC fan, went to school around the BC area when I was younger. It was just a dream come true to have them talk to me.”
Syracuse was on Betro early, and he remains in constant communication with the Orange.
“They reached out to me pretty early this year,” he said. “I connect really well with the defensive coordinator, Brian Ward. I get a really homey vibe from them where they want me really bad. It’s a nice campus, nice place.”
Betro, who made the trip down to Florham Park, stood out among the defensive linemen Sunday at The Opening Regional.
“The Opening is now a thing where everyone gets together, and there’s such good skill here,” he said. “So I just want to compete, see if I can matchup with the best guys in the country.”