RU watches, leads four-star's recruitment

Rutgers coaching staff spent the weekend on the road recruiting, and defensive line coach Gary Emanuel was in Maryland to watch a four-star receiver. The player, in turn, said he favors the Scarlet Knights. He spoke to about why Rutgers is his top choice, when he will take official visits and which schools he is eye-balling when it comes time to schedule such visits.

One of the early struggles of Rutgers this season has been finding consistent play from its tight ends, and also the inability to find a consistent third receiver. Brandon Coleman, a 6-foot-6 four-star receiver from Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) also is noticing.

Coleman said the Scarlet Knights lead in his recruitment, and Rutgers continued to demonstrate its interest by attending his game this weekend against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.). "(Rutgers defensive line) coach (Gary) Emanuel came to see the game,'' Coleman said. "We played them tough but we made a few mistakes. We lost 21-7.''

Coleman entered the game with 19 catches for 329 yards and four touchdowns.

He said not much has changed in his recruitment since the start of the season, but Rutgers tops his list, which also includes Virginia Tech and Maryland.

"Rutgers is my No. 1,'' Coleman said. "Rutgers, I like the coaching staff. I like the way the program is run, I like what they can offer me on and off the field.''

On the field, the Scarlet Knights are talking to Coleman about his versatility. The 6-foot-6, 205-pounder can line up wide and get down the field, but his frame will allow him to play varied roles.

"On the field, (Rutgers offers) knowledge of the game, an opportunity to play early, if that's the choice I wanted to do,'' Coleman said. "I can play different positions; receiver, tight end, H-back.''

Coleman estimated he has visited the Rutgers campus unofficially "five or six times,'' and added he would take an official visit to Piscataway.

What does he like about the campus?

"There's not too much going on,'' Coleman said. "It's not in a big city and it's not in the middle of nowhere.''

In addition to making an official visit to Rutgers, Coleman said he also wants to take visits to Virginia Tech and Maryland. But those will all have to wait.

"All the officials will take place after the season,'' he said. "I don't want to put too much (pressure) on myself with this recruiting. I want to focus on football and school. A lot of teams have been talking about December (visit) dates. It's something I haven't worked on yet.''

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