Timber Creek junior LB impressed by Rutgers

Junior Day gave this Timber Creek (Erial. N.J.) linebacker a glimpse of Rutgers, and he enjoyed it. A few days later Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano made a helicopter trip to the school to check in with the coaching staff on a pair of juniors. The player talks about the significance of Schiano's visit, and what he enjoyed about Junior Day.

Quinton Alston already was impressed with Rutgers from his Junior Day experience, and what happened a few days later made an even bigger impression for the Timber Creek High (Erial, N.J.) junior linebacker.

As Alston told ScarletReport.com on Tuesday, Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano used a helicopter to visit the school and check in with Timber Creek's coaching staff on Alston and receiver Damiere Byrd.

"I was surprised he came in a helicopter,'' Alston said. "It made me feel kind of special.'' Alton's recruitment, and visibility, is picking up after he made the transition from defensive end to linebacker as a junior.

He is heading to Connecticut's junior day this weekend, and will travel to Duke and Pittsburgh the following weekends to learn more about those programs.

But last weekend he was on Rutgers' campus, and absorbed everything that transpired during the day-long event.

"Junior Day, I had so much fun,'' Alston said. "They made me feel right at home. The players that came over during the Q&A session, it was like a comedy scene. They answered the questions all the (recruits) had for them, but the way they were doing it was funny, especially Tom Savage. He was probably the funniest guy I've seen in a while.''

Indeed, between the touring of the campuses and the facilities, the speeches from Schiano and the academic presentations, about 10 players spent time answering questions from recruits and their families.

"I actually go to see hands-on what the family atmosphere was like at Rutgers,'' he said. "Usually, a lot of universities say, ‘We're a family, we're a family.' But at Rutgers, I truly believe it is a family.

"Just the way the players interacted with each other during the Q&A session, how they reacted with each other, how they joked around and laughed with each other, it made me feel like it was a family up there.''

While his teammate, Byrd, already has a Rutgers offer, Alston is waiting for his first offer. He is hearing from Penn State, Purdue, Duke, Temple, Connecticut and Pittsburgh, as well as Rutgers.

"I believe I'm a physical player. I play rough from sideline to sideline,'' Alston said. "In the offseason I want to improve on getting my reads quicker, and probably getting my pass coverage better. Other than that, I can't really say anything.''

Cross-training will also be part of his offseason workout since he plans on throwing the shot put for the track team.

"It was a sport I wanted to try in my high school career,'' Alston said. "My (football) coach is also the track coach, so I'll be around with him. I want to try and get my wind up before summer comes around.''

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