Safety visiting RU today

After nearly getting an offer from Rutgers as a high school senior, this player went to a prep school to work on his game and raise his maturity level. Today, he is scheduled to meet with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano. The player talked about what Rutgers means to him, his familiarity with the program and his relationship with some of the former and current Scarlet Knights.

Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy safety Andrew Opoku is home on Thanksgiving break, which gives him time to catch up with family and keep a potentially life-changing appointment.

Today, Opoku is going to Rutgers for an unofficial visit to meet with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano.

Although Opoku does not hold a Rutgers offer, the Scarlet Knights have been scouting him the last few months. The Scarlet Knights nearly offered him a scholarship last year, when he was at North Brunswick (N.J.) Township High.

"I'm just happy to be in this situation,'' Opoku said. "I'm looking forward to visiting with coach Schiano.''

The 6-foot-5, 225-pound Opoku said he has a number of offers, including one from Connecticut and another from Temple, where he committed out of high school but was a late academic qualifier. Once he was cleared, Opoku was told by Temple it didn't have any scholarships available.

But growing up 15 minutes from Rutgers Stadium, and being familiar with the Scarlet Knights program, has Rutgers high on his list. His strong relationship with tight ends coach and recruiting coordinator Joe Susan is another bonus, he said.

"Truthfully, I am a Rutgers fan,'' Opoku said. "I grew up around Rutgers. Rutgers is in my backyard. Maybe if it wasn't supposed to be, then the opportunity wouldn't be there (to visit). I have a lot of respect for coach (Joe) Susan and the Rutgers family.''

Opoku said he knows a host of current and former Scarlet Knights, including current Baltimore Ravens tight end L.J. Smith. But he knows Smith as more than a football player.

"I first started watching Rutgers when L.J. Smith was going there,'' Opoku said. "He used baby sit me. I know Kenny Britt. Tiquan (Underwood) is originally from North Brunswick, and then he moved.

"I know everything about Rutgers. If it was last year, I would know everyone on the team. (Junior defensive end) Sorie Bayoh is my cousin. (Freshman cornerback) Abdul Smith is my best friend. I've known him since we both started going to combines.''

Opoku plans to make a college decision soon since he plans to enroll in January.


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