Rutgers Hosts Official Visitor at Spring Game

Signing day has long been in the rearview mirror, but could Rutgers being adding to the 2010 class? The Scarlet Knights hosted an official visitor over the weekend, and upon returning home the player gave his thoughts on the visit, and what it would take to get him to return to Rutgers in June for the start of summer workouts. Find out who it is, and what he says about his trip to Piscataway.

Toward the conclusion of spring practice, Rutgers coach Greg Schiano said gains were being made to rectify the Scarlet Knights' long-snapping situation.

What he didn't say – nor could he, per NCAA rules – was the Scarlet Knights were going to host a class of 2010 long-snapper from the west coast on an official visit.

Rancho Cucamonga (Calif.) High long snapper Rob Horrell was on campus this weekend. He did not leave with a scholarship offer, but could find out as early as tonight whether he will get one. And if he does, a commitment to Rutgers will likely follow.

"We went to the spring game on Saturday, and that was pretty cool,'' the 5-foot-11, 210-pound Horrell said. "I was watching my position, and seeing how they were doing. They gave me a tour of all the facilities and the campus. The campus is beautiful. There whole football facilities are insane. I was shocked at how impressive it was. It's definitely a top-notch program. "I pictured New Jersey totally different. I was surprised with how green it was. I always heard how industrial is was. There were so many lakes and rivers. We were like, ‘Whoa!' The visit was amazing. The facilities are out of this world, really top notch. I'm highly impressed.''

Horrell and his family had dinner with Schiano after the spring game, and before departing campus he was told by special teams coach Robb Smith a decision on whether to offer should come quickly.

"Hopefully, it's a full scholarship,'' Horrell said. "I'm praying it is. I'd love to be a Scarlet Knight. I'm definitely sold on that school. Coach Smith is going to give me a call to let me know what's going on.

"They're going to have a meeting (Monday) about the long-snapping situation. I'm hoping for the scholarship. I would love to go there. The school is beautiful. The football program has really turned around.''

Rutgers is carving a niche with Southern California specialists, and Horrell is hoping to be next in line.

It began with former placekicker Jeremy Ito, who starred about 30 minutes from Horrell's high school, and continued with punter Teddy Dellaganna, who hosted Horrell on the visit.

Both of those players came through the Chris Sailer Kicking, and Horrell is also associated with the camp run by the former UCLA kicker. Rutgers hooked up with Horrell on the recommendation of long-snapping guru Chris Rubio, who works with Sailer.

"Rutgers needed a long snapper and coach (Chris) Rubio put my name out, basically,'' Horrell said. "(Schiano) said they could use a long-snapper, a guy they can rely on. He said Rubio has been telling them that I'm the guy, I handle pressure very well and he's only heard good things about me.''

Red-shirt freshman Paul Carrezola and Robert Jones competed in the spring for the spot. The only other school actively recruiting Horrell is Idaho State, but his decision won't come down to location or the ability to get on the field quickly.

Instead, it could be as simple as scholarship money.

"We're going to wait and see about scholarships,'' Horrell said. "Given my family's situation, we can't really afford to walk on anywhere.''

If Horrell does not get the scholarship offer he is hoping for, he said he will go into California's talent-rich junior college system and try to earn one from there.


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