Winslow Defensive Back to Visit Rutgers

Rutgers may have found a hotspot in South Jersey at Winslow Township High of Atco. The Scarlet Knights have two players on their roster from the Camden County school, and are recruiting a trio of players. This one, a 6-foot-2, 190-pound defensive back, talks about his knowledge of the Rutgers program, when he will be visiting the school again, and whether he wants to travel far to play in college.

Winslow Township High (Atco, N.J.) defensive back Rob Mahan possesses the athleticism to earn scholarships, which is why a number of schools continue to recruit him.

But at 6-foot-2, 190 pounds, Mahan knows he is lacking upper body strength, which is a target area for improvement in the offseason.

"If I can get my upper body bigger, I'll hit 205,'' he said. "That's what I'm doing now, all upper body.''

Mahan's potential is why Rutgers, Boston College, Syracuse, Temple, Duke, Pittsburgh, Maryland and Louisville are all showing him interest.

He has been to Rutgers several times, and will visit unofficially within the next month to take in a spring practice, and also get to know the coaches and the program more intimately.

Of course, he already has inside knowledge of the program since Rutgers linebacker Ka'lial Glaud and defensive back Brandon Jones both played at Winslow. Also, current teammates Bill Belton (offered) and DeVante Waugh are being recruited by the Scarlet Knights.

"I think it's a great school,'' Mahan said. "I talked to coach (Greg) Schiano. He's a great coach. We've got two players here, so they tell me great things. They tell me it's a great team, the head coach is a player's coach.

"They say it's great up here, and they play New Jersey players, and they're not afraid to play underclassmen. I really like that.''

Mahan said he will unofficially visit Pittsburgh for a few days, catching an April 15 practice before attending the spring game two days later. He is also going to junior days at Louisville and Maryland.

Schools are looking at Mahan as either a strong safety ("I love to hit,'' he says) or linebacker, and location is something he thinks an awful lot about.

"I don't want to go to a school that recruits California, Florida,'' Mahan said, "and they're like, ‘Where you from? New Jersey? We've never seen a Jersey player before.' ‘'

Another integral aspect of a program is graduation rate. His cousin and former Winslow star Reuben Johnson, who is now at Cincinnati, continues to talk about the importance of academics.

"I like to watch the graduation rate of the players,'' Mahan said. "My cousin …always tells me, ‘Make sure you graduate, make sure you graduate,' in case you don't get to the NFL.''

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