Absegami High Duo Make Visit to Rutgers

Absegami High of Absecon (N.J.) running back Ben Martin holds a Rutgers offer, and recently he and teammate Steven Schwartz were at a Scarlet Knights practice for an unofficial visit. Martin talks about what he learned on the trip, and whether he is close to committing to Rutgers. For Schwartz, it was his first trip to a college practice, and it was eye-opening. Find out what each had to say.

When the Rutgers coaching staff hits the recruiting trail Monday, one of the many places it will be is Absegami High of Absecon (N.J.), home of two class of 2011 targets who recently visited a Scarlet Knights practice.

Running back Ben Martin, who holds a Rutgers offer, and offensive lineman Steven Schwartz made unofficial visits to Rutgers last week, and both took in the Thursday practice.

"I got to see them actually practice,'' the 5-foot-10, 190-pound Martin said. "That was a new experience, and I got to interact with the players. It reminded me a lot of my own practice. They have the same type of practice.''

Martin already made multiple trips to Rutgers, so he didn't need to see the facilities, meet members of the coaching staff and get a feel for what the Scarlet Knights thought of him. Instead, he said he knows Rutgers' interest from the recruiting process.

"They've just been showing me a lot of love,'' Martin said. "We talk like we're family. I think they're going the low-pressure route because they haven't talked to me about committing.''

Martin's recruitment has been sporadic, but more offers could be on the way. Buffalo and Temple were at Absegami on Friday.

"I'm interested in Temple, and Buffalo, too,'' Martin said. "(Temple) basically told me they're really close to offering me, but I need to attend their junior day, or their camp, so I can get in front of their head coach.''

Martin is yet to decide which, if any, camps he will visit in the summer, and he acknowledged before he decides on a school, he will examine the depth chart and recruiting patterns of the program.

"I ask every school about their running back situation,'' he said. "I just don't want to go to a school because it's a big name. I want an actual chance to play at that school.''

For the 6-foot-4, 284-pound Schwartz, the trip to Rutgers marked the first time he took in a college practice, and it didn't take long for him to notice the difference from high school.

"It was a lot faster than in high school,'' he said. "Everyone was just bigger. You could tell everyone is just built up and has a lot more …everything.''

The trip also gave Schwartz an opportunity to meet with coach Greg Schiano and tight ends coach Phil Galiano, who is Schwartz's recruiting coordinator.

Their message was clear.

"Keep everything up with my schoolwork and keep working hard with football, and hopefully come up and see more practices (in the fall) and stay in touch with them,'' said Schwartz, who was also filled n on the scholarship situation. "It was more of a wait and see how my senior year goes, and things like that.

"I'll be at a camp at Rutgers this summer. I think I'm going to go to the Monmouth camp, and pretty much all the local camps within a couple of hours.''

The camps will give Schwartz the opportunity to showcase his skills for recruiters, which he is important given the situation he is in.

"I need to work hard and get better or don't play college football,'' he said. "It's pretty much go big or do nothing. I want to get better footwork. I just need to start pushing people around more. It's a mindset.''

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