Arguably the best wrestler in New Jersey history and one of the top middle linebackers in the state's talent-rich class of 2011, the 6-foot-1, 210-pounder watched practice and met with coach Greg Schiano before leaving with an overall good feeling about the program.
"I have a really good comfort level there, so it makes it a whole lot easier,'' said Campolattano, who was offered by Rutgers in September. "It's right at home, all my family is here and my support crew is here.''
Rutgers has been building a relationship with Campolattano for years, and his proximity to campus made it easy for him to become familiar with the program.
He lives about 10 minutes from Rutgers Stadium and the Hale Center, where the football team is headquartered. After getting a close look at practice, Campolattano gave his thoughts on the experience.
"Everything was really organized, well put together,'' he said. "It seems like the practice had a main focus. I want to see what the players look like and how they play, and then I want to know how the coaches coach.''
Prior to practice, Campolattano met with members of the coaching staff. Afterward, he spoke in-depth with Schiano and linebackers coach Bob Fraser.
"I got to sit down with coach Schiano and coach Fraser after practice,'' he said. "They told me what they're goals are, what they feel they can achieve for me, what kind of people they're looking for, like what kind of character each person has and how it fits onto the team.''
Campolattano said he plans to make a decision on a school by the start of his senior season, but that doesn't mean he will wait that long to commit.
"You never know what can happen,'' he said. "I'm just going to ride it out.''
In the immediacy, Campolattano plans on returning to Rutgers for more practices.
"I'll be up there a lot,'' he said. "I need to find out as much as possible about the school before I go there.''