Maryland S to visit Rutgers; names a leader

One of Rutgers' top safety target originally balked at the idea of visiting the school because he already was on campus in the offseason. However, after talking to a pair of friends who will visit Rutgers officially, the player changed his mind and will be on campus the weekend of Dec. 5. The three-star player also named a leader, and talked about why and how solid that leader is on his list.

DeMatha (Hyattsville, Md.) Catholic safety Lorenzo Waters heard time and again how two of his buddies, teammate and offensive lineman Shane Johnson and Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md) receiver Brandon Coleman were taking official visits to Rutgers.

So, after originally saying he wasn't going to take one because he already visited the campus in the summer, he changed his mind and will be part of the large out-of-state contingent making official visits the weekend of Dec. 5, when the Scarlet Knights host West Virginia.

"My friends talked about it, and are going up, so I might as well check it out with my friends,'' the 6-foot, 190-pound Waters said. "I know they were going up there already, and I figured I would tag along.''

Waters said he will also visit Miami and Michigan, and added he expects to join Johnson on a trip to California next month.

But, for the first time, Waters also named a leader, although he was sure to mention it was a loose leader, and things can change.

"A leader? I know I really like Miami,'' Waters said. "I'll probably declare them as a leader. The atmosphere, the potential, there's a lot of stuff, like the tradition. A lot of people have been there and gone to the NFL. It's like, ‘Hey, it's Miami.' ‘'

But Waters said Rutgers is recruiting him the hardest, which is intriguing to him.

"I'm still kind of in the process of checking them out,'' Waters said. "They're probably showing the most interest with all the letters, the mail and trying to get in touch with me. I figure they must want me for a reason so I should go there and check it out.''

Waters said he is unsure about a fifth official visit, and needs to talk to various college coaches to finalize his other visits.

However, Waters' time is split between school work and the season, leaving little time for him to focus on recruiting.

DeMatha is preparing for the Washington (D.C.) Catholic League title game against Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.) on Saturday (2 p.m.) at Navy-Marine Corps Stadium.

"I know time is moving quickly,'' Waters said. "A lot of (high school) teams, the seasons are over, so (scholarships) are going to be filling up.''

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