Now, the 6-foot-3, 230-pound defensive end is much more relaxed, and markedly more comfortable about his future football career.
"It was just too much for me," George said. "When I first started looking at Rutgers, I wish I never had the other schools. The choosing is the hardest part. It would have been easier if Rutgers was the only school."
George, who did not play as a sophomore because of a family matter, also had offers from Pittsburgh, Louisville, West Virginia and North Carolina State, but everything about Rutgers seemed right. He made an unofficial visit June 11, and returned Saturday and gave a strong performance at the Rutgers Big Man Academy.
And it was the return trip to the camp that solidified George's decision to commit.
"I like everything about the school," George said. "I like the attitude. I like being around the staff, the players. Even the players showed up (before the Big Man Academy), and it was a Saturday morning.
"I just felt there was a connection. When they were talking, I was really feeling it. Everything they were telling me, it was my life."
George also liked how Rutgers plans to use him.
"They told me how I would fit in with their ‘R' position, the weakside defensive end," George said. "It would be a dead fit for me. I'm a good pass rusher, but last few years I didn't cover much. This year they're going to give me an opportunity to cover, and that is going to be how they use me at Rutgers. They're going to let me cover."
Now that George is committed and relaxed since his light-speed recruitment is done (the courtship with Rutgers lasted a month), he can focus on getting ready for his senior season.
But don't think he is going to take it easy because his recruitment is over. It is not in his makeup.
"I hate being average," George said. "That's not who I am. I can't be. I have to stand out. That's the type o f person I am. I hate being the extra person, the extra person to be there. When the time comes to play, I have to do my best."
As always, though, George isn't worried about making tackles and piling up gaudy statistics. "This year, I just want to be outstanding," he said. "It's more about winning games and making it further than we did last year. Boost out wins from last year."