Rutgers Increasing Interest in WR Sebastiano

North Broward High (Coconut Creek, Fla.) receiver A.J. Sebastiano is getting increased interest from a number of schools, inclduing Rutgers. Scarlet Knights assistant coach P.J. Fleck visited the schools twice this month, and Sebastiano has tentative plans to visit Rutgers next month. Also, he has strong ties to the New York/New Jersey area, which could give Rutgers a leg up in recruiting.

Before Rutgers receivers coach P.J. Fleck stopped by North Broward High (Coconut Creek, Fla.) to check in on receiver A.J. Sebastiano earlier this week, the 6-foot-1, 190-pounder already had interest in Rutgers.

So, when Fleck stopped by the school for a second time, this time for last week's spring game against Douglas McArthur High of Miami, is showed Sebastiano's interest is being reciprocated.

Sebastiano's sister, Sarah, lives in New York City, and his family has strong New Jersey roots.

"I want to see the campus and the facilities,'' Sebastiano said. "They've really come on strong the last few years. How close it is to my sister, she's really pushing for it. Before coach Fleck contacted me, I already had some interest in Rutgers. Hopefully, now I can get an offer and really seriously consider it.''

Sebastiano is also getting interest from Illinois, Northwestern, Wisconsin, Florida, South Carolina, Boston College and East Carolina, and by the end June figures to have an offer from somewhere.

He is set for a barnstorming unofficial visit tour, beginning with the first weekend of June when he visits South Carolina and East Carolina. He then visit Wisconsin, Northwestern and Illinois (June 13-15), followed by trips to Florida (June 18), Boston College (June 20) and Ohio State (June 26).

Providing Sebastiano can get a cost-effective flight to from Columbus, Ohio, to New Jersey, he will visit Rutgers on June 27 and participate in a camp.

"Rutgers, Wisconsin, Illinois and Northwestern, right now, are the top four I really like,'' he said. "I'm really, really excited they may be close to offering right now.''

Last season Sebastiano made 50 catches for 1,075 yards and nine touchdowns, but he thinks it was his performance in the spring game – three catches, 125 yards, two touchdowns – that increased the interest of schools, including Rutgers.

"I guess that spring game I impressed (Fleck) and did some things he really liked, and made him more interested in me,'' Sebastiano said. "He said for me to come up there and maybe get offered. The interest has really skyrocketed since he came down here and saw me play in person.''

Sebastiano and Fleck seemed to it off, and one of the reasons is a similarity in their playing styles.

Fleck made it to the NFL despite 4.8 speed. Sebastiano said he runs a 4.6 in the 40-yard dash.

"I'm not going to come to your camp and run a 4.4 and turn heads,'' Sebastiano said. "But when I do turn heads is when I actually play. I think I'm a gamer, and good a football player.

"I love a guy I can relate to because (Fleck) knows where I'm at right now, and he knows what I'm going through. He's a great person. I'm really happy I met him.''


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