Charlotte (N.C.) Zebulon B Vance defensive end Damir Faison will be back at Rutgers in two weeks, and his second visit brings far more significance.
Not only will Faison work out with defensive line coach Shane Burnham in a camp setting but the rising senior pass rusher's father and stepmother will see Rutgers for the first time.
“I'm actually pretty excited about it,” Faison said. “I'm glad because the last time I went up there, it was me, my mom and her husband. I'm excited to be able to compete against other guys and also to be able to be coached up by coach Burnham. That's pretty exciting, honestly.”
Persistence gives Rutgers the strongest recruiting relationship for Faison.
“I honestly have talked with some coach from there every day for two months,” Faison said. “I enjoy how they have stayed on top of me. They have been the only school that showed me love this consistently. … I don't have, I guess, top schools. I just have schools that I'm more interested in. It would be first Rutgers, then Maryland and then all of the other schools that have offered and showed interest after that.”
Family is an important part of Faison's eventual college decision, he said.
“Truthfully, I already know how I feel about (Rutgers),” he said. “What I have to get from (camp) though, is coach Burnham's coaching style. I haven't personally experienced it yet. After that, I need my dad and my stepmom to see it. Even though that I have gone up there, they don't know everything because they haven't seen it first hand. I feel like by them seeing it, that is going to encourage me to eventually, possibly choose them.”
Faison camps at Maryland June 17. He camps at UNC Charlotte this weekend, which includes satellite visits from Michigan, Tennessee, West Virginia and Wake Forest.
Vance High allows for early graduation, so Faison plans to enroll early at his college choice.
“I talked to my counselors and I am on the path to graduating early,” Faison said. “I've talked to my family, and we feel like a good time to commit is the middle to the end of July. I can commit and have everything set in place to graduate on time and see what I need to do to get enrolled.”