Will Coleman commit during trip to Rutgers?

Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md) four-star receiver Brandon Coleman begins his official visit to Rutgers on Friday, and he has long said he favors the Scarlet Knights. So, could the 6-foot-6, 220-pounder commit during his trip? Coleman lets ScarletReport.com know what is going through his mind. He also talks about what he is hoping to see during his trip.

Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) four-star receiver Brandon Coleman still has Rutgers as his leader and will be begin an official visit today, but he said he has no plans to commit at the conclusion of his trip.

Instead, Coleman said he will visit Maryland the weekend of Dec. 12 and "probably'' take a trip to Syracuse the weekend of Jan. 15.

But, as he has maintained for months, Coleman still holds Rutgers above the others. "I like the people and the staff and the academics, and the football program, where it is heading,'' Coleman said. "The academics are ranked very high. The area? It's a good location.''

Coleman said he has been to the Rutgers campus too many times to count, and added he is excited to see the Scarlet Knights host West Virginia, as well as see the $5 million recruiting lounge at Rutgers Stadium.

"I just want to enjoy the game, the atmosphere, and get a lot out of the players,'' Coleman said. "I just want to see if I feel comfortable. With the academics, they have something set up for me. I want to get a good feel for it.''

Getting to know the players on the team is an important step for Coleman, who said he already has a strong bind with the Rutgers' coaching staff.

He added he likes the idea of teaming up with Scarlet Knights freshman quarterback Tom Savage. The two of them spoke in the spring when both were on campus watching Rutgers practice.

"I talked to Tom when I went up there before, and he's a real good guy,'' Coleman said. "I used to see him in the spring, and we talked.''

However, Coleman said it is not a slam dunk he is heading to Rutgers.

He lives about 45 minutes from Maryland's campus, built a relationship with the coaching staff and believes the staff will turn things around there.

Meanwhile, Syracuse has a unique dynamic, and not just because there is a new coaching staff. Bishop McNamara coach Bruce Bevill took his team to Syracuse for a few days of training camp. Coleman said the players were able to run around on the Carrier Dome turf and checked out the facilities.

"Our football team had two-a-days there,'' Coleman said. "Our coach graduated from Syracuse, and he played for Syracuse and it was a good experience.

"They're a new coaching staff there. I feel as though their program is going to be promising in the future. They are good academically, and it's a good location.''

Of course, one thing Rutgers offers is an opportunity for Coleman to join forces with a couple of friends.

DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.) offensive lineman Shane Johnson and safety Lorezno Waters are also visiting Rutgers this weekend, and the three broached the subject of playing together in college. Rutgers is also the only school all three plan on visiting together.

"Me? I know it's a strong possibility,'' Coleman said. "I haven't sat down and talked recruiting with these guys. We get a lot from coaches and other reporters, so we just hang out. We just want to be ourselves. I'm sure we'll pretty much talk about it on the visit.''

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