Maryland DL Back from Rutgers Visit

A 6-foot-3, 246-pound defensive lineman was on Rutgers' campus for an unofficial visit Saturday, and part of the trip included a lengthy visit with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. Find out who it was, what he had to say, and whether he left campus with an offer from the Scarlet Knights or if more work needs to be done for him to get that coveted offer.

Marco Jones of The Boys' Latin School (Baltimore, Md.) already liked Rutgers, and his unofficial visit to campus for Saturday's scrimmage enhanced his perception of the school.

The 6-foot-3, 246-pound defensive lineman/tight end said he had a long, in-depth conversation with coach Greg Schiano and learned plenty more about a school he "already loved" two months ago.

"Yeah, I definitely like them way more,'' Jones said. "It definitely grew on me a lot more, I think (from) just being there at the practice, and interacting with the players.''

Jones holds more than a half-dozen offers, including ones from Connecticut, Louisville, Maryland, Virginia, West Virginia and North Carolina, but he is still waiting for a Rutgers offer.

During his visit, which included an hour-long meeting with Schiano, Jones was told an appearance at Rutgers' lineman camp in June was a way to earn an offer.

"Coach Schiano said I have to come to their camp and make sure the program is right,'' Jones said. "He wants me to come there so they can see me in person.''

Jones attended Rutgers' junior day in January, and while he enjoyed the event, he was able to glean more information from his latest visit.

"I got a lot more out of it because it was more personal time,'' Jones said. "It was me, my mom, the coaches and stuff like that.

"I talked to coach Schiano, with my mother and my aunt, for about an hour. It went really well. He was telling me about their program, and how he likes me, and how I should make sure a program is right for me.''

Not only did Jones meet with Schiano, but he spoke with several members of the coaching staff and received more information about the academic side of Rutgers, which is anticipating a No. 1 ranking in the APR (academic progress rate) this spring.

"I learned that the academics are really, really good,'' Jones said. "They're going to be No. 1 in the nation. I learned that they work a lot with the players outside of the field. Coach Schiano gets them involved a lot in the community.''

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