Union (N.J.) Hill High offensive lineman Josue Matias, who is one of the elite players in the state, spoke with offensive line coach Kyle Flood and head coach Greg Schiano, and apparently received the message.
"They were talking to me if I stay home, we could bring (a championship) home, and that's what counts,'' said the 6-foot-5, 289-pound Matias, who holds a Rutgers offer. "It's hard to explain how I feel about that, but it's a good feeling, though.''
It was Matias' second trip to Rutgers in a month, and getting the opportunity to speak to the coaching staff and watch practice was important.
As an added bonus, Matias spent much of the time talking with Rutgers signee Jorge Vicioso of Passaic (N.J.) High.
"It was a good experience,'' Matias said. "I learned how to pass block from the players that were doing it.''
Matias entered the practice eager to see certain things from Rutgers' offensive linemen.
"I'm looking at the footwork to see what those guys do,'' he said. "I'm looking for things that I could bring to my team and teach them, and stuff like that. I am looking at the defensive linemen and the offensive linemen to see how they do in one-on-ones and see what they do that I don't do. Stuff like that.''
This also wasn't Matias' first practice. He attended practice last spring to check on the Scarlet Knights, and came away with a similar feeling.
"I like the competition,'' Matias said. "Every practice I've been to, they compete. It's what I expect. That's what our coaches tell us to do and we do it on our team, so I expect it.''
When Matias was on campus a month ago, it wasn't for practice. Instead, he used it as a time to better understanding the relationship between the coaches and players.
"I got to see the coaches, and how they work with the players,'' Matias said. "I want to see how they work. That's one thing that is important, how the coaches work with players.''
He also doesn't have plans on making his college decision any time soon.
"I think it's going to wait a while,'' Matias said. "I'm just going to take my time.''