Newark (N.J.) Central cornerback Isaiah Greene associated Rutgers with family long before college football became a personal dream.
The son, brother and cousin of three different Scarlet Knights, Greene eagerly brought a competitive attitude to Sunday's Rutgers skills camp. Greene was one of three senior defensive backs that received top attention from defensive back coaches Bill Busch and Henry Baker. He hopes the result is a scholarship offer.
“Me and Rutgers have been going back and forth and looking to further this into an offer soon,” Greene said. “They were getting me used to working with their defensive backs, corner coach Baker. They're getting me used to the kind of defensive plays that they go through and the style of players they like. They're getting me adjusted to that early. They told me, definitely during the course of this week, I have a great chance to get an offer.”
Coaches from Maine and Albany quickly eyed Greene as satellite staff at the camp, but Rutgers has special meaning for the 6-foot-1 cornerback.
“Rutgers is a great school, and I know it well,” Greene said. “My brother goes there now. He's a sophomore. My mother went there and I have a cousin that went there. It's a lot of family lineage that came from Rutgers. It's definitely up there on my list.”
Greene received plenty of attention in competition.
“It's my first time at a Rutgers camp, and it went pretty well,” he said. “I got some good work in. I got some good advice from the coaches and brought the competition in the 1-on-1 periods going on. It was a very effective camp.
“It was a good connection with the coaches. They had a good ratio of coaches to players, so you could get to talk to them and get advice and just have fun talking.”