Justise Hairston, 6-2, 205, RB, 4.5, New Britain, Conn
I had a chance to talk to Justise Hairston's high school coach on the recruitment of his former star player.
Offers to date:
"Rutgers, Iowa, Purdue, Penn State with Indiana, UConn and Maryland showing interest"
On some of the schools recruiting Justise:
Iowa - "He loved the coaches. He loved Coach Ferentz. They are really a hot team right now."
Rutgers - "I think he has an interest. I really, really have respect for Coach Schiano. I think Rutgers has a good shot."
"I am pretty sure he'll take a trip to Iowa, I think he'll take a visit to Rutgers. Last year he had a great time. Last year Rutgers was his first visit. Iowa was his last visit. He verballed to Rutgers after he had a great trip there but he is originally Ohio and the last trip was to a Midwestern school."
As a senior in high school Hairston missed five games with an injury but in his last six games he had an incredible1,300 yards and 19 TDs. Last year Hairston verballed to Rutgers and then decommitted and verballed to Iowa. However, Hairston ended up at the Milford Academy instead.
Has he recovered from his injury last year?
"He had a high ankle sprain last year. This year he is fine."
Later on I caught up with Justise and he had this to say about his games this year:
"In four games I was averaging about 7-8 yards per carry, I had 4 touchdowns. I also had an 86 yards touchdowns on a punt return."
On official visits this year:
" I took an official to Iowa last year. I don't have any officials set up as of yet. This year I will probably go to Penn State, Rutgers and Purdue. I am heavily looking at Rutgers since they have been recruiting me the hardest, then Iowa. I have also been talking to the Purdue coach."
On Rutgers and the Miami game:
"If they had just a few more big time players they could have won that game. I actually thought that they were going to pull that out. That definitely had an influence on my decision to take a visit. It definitely opened my eyes. Last year they didn't do as well and Coach Schiano still doesn't have all the players he has recruited on the field. He is still playing a lot of the players from the team he took over."
On what he is looking for in a school:
"I talk to the players and see how they deal with the coaches. Is it a team effort? Is it a situation where everyone is playing for everyone else or is it a case of the defensive backs here, the running backs there .... I want it more like a family situation where everyone supports each other, that is more enjoyable and you play a lot harder for your family if you are on a team that has that type of attitude and it will be better for me as a player. I also like the fan support at Rutgers. At the Miami game they had a lot of fans there. I was watching that on TV and it was nice."
Mike Fasano: MikeFasano@comcast.net