Four-stars make unofficial visits to Rutgers

Before the BadgerSport 7-on-7 commenced Saturday, a few dozen prospects took advantage of the locale and made unofficial visits to Rutgers. Among those visiting were Dominique Terrell, Demetrious Nicholson, Blake Countess, Terrell Chestnut and plenty of others. Who else stopped by? And what were the thoughts of some of the region's four-star recruits?

PISCATAWAY – Before some of the top skill position prospects in the region for the 2011 class competed at the Badger Sport 7-on-7 this weekend, a number of high-rated players from Virginia and Maryland took unofficial visits to Rutgers on Friday night.

The Virginia team, which includes four-star athlete Dominique Terrell and four-star cornerback Demetrious Nicholson, and the Maryland 1 team, which includes four-star Gilman School (Baltimore) athlete Darius Jennings and cornerback Blake Countess, were part of the contingent.

"We got a tour of the facilities and saw the team room and stuff like that,'' said Terrell, who is from Osborn Park High (Manassas, Va.) and holds a Rutgers offer. "It's incredible. It's very big. The best I've seen. The stadium is really big. A lot of people can fit in there. I didn't think it was going to be that big.''

Nicholson, who is from Bayside High of Virginia Beach, holds nearly a dozen offers, including from Clemson, Stanford, Virginia Tech and Stanford. He met with members of Rutgers staff and got a good look at the school.

Although he does not yet hold a Rutgers offer, he said he would consider the Scarlet Knights if they offered.

"I'm open to everyone,'' Nicholson said. "I really thought the facilities were nice. I enjoyed it. It was great.''

Countess, who plays at Our Lady of Good Counsel (Olney, Md.), holds offers from six schools, including Notre Dame, Pittsburgh and West Virginia. He has made several trips to Rutgers, and believes an offer is coming soon.

"I like this school a real lot,'' Countess said. "It was very good that I got to see some things. I definitely want to come back during spring practice.''

Among the other Virginia players involved in the unofficial visits were quarterback Michael Nebrich of Lake Braddock (Burke, Va.), A.J. Staton of Landstown (Virginia Beach), the Oscar F. Smith (Chesapeake, Va.) trio of Quinta Fenderburk, Jaston George and Raysean Richardson, Clifton Richardson of Menchville (Newport News, Va.), Daquan Romero and Caleb Taylor of Phoebus (Hampton, Va.) and James Faircloth of Grassfield (Chesapeake).

Joining Countess and Jennings among the Maryland players to visit unofficially Friday were Jesstin Hamm and Darien Harris of DeMatha (Hyattsville), Dexter Bridge of Conestoga and Devonte Jones of Mount St. Joseph (Baltimore).

Also, Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.) four-star cornerback Terrell Chestnut and four-star athlete Maika Polamalu, as well as teammate and fullback/linebacker Kayvon Greene, said they were going to tour the campus after Saturday's session.

"We'll probably go around campus and check things out,'' Polamalu said. "Terrell's already been here a few times, so he'll probably show us around.''

Chestnut added he was going to make an unofficial visit to Rutgers on March 10.


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