South Fla. WR Takes in Rutgers

Receiver A.J. Sebastiano of North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.) made an unofficial visit to Rutgers on Sunday. After leaving the campus Sebastiano spoke to about the trip, and whether the Scarlet Knights offered. Find out inside what transpired during the visit, and where Sebastiano's recruitment stands as it relates to Rutgers.

On what was an otherwise laid back day with players registering for camp, North Broward Prep (Coconut Creek, Fla.) receiver A.J. Sebastiano had a chance to show the Rutgers coaching staff his talent.

Sebastiano categorized the day as going well, but it did not culminate the way he hoped.

"They didn't offer," the 6-foot-1, 185-pound Sebastiano said. "Every school, including them, I can read between the lines, and they're saying they are waiting to see what their top guys nationally are doing. …I'm sure once those kids commit somewhere else, they'll start offering the next batch. That's where I'm at."

Sebastiano, who also camped at Illinois, said he understood the stance of the schools because he is not a speed receiver. His 40-time clocks in around 4.6 to 4.7, which stands out in a not-so-good-way to most schools.

However, his route-running and sure hands are assets, and why schools continue to monitor his development. His relationship with Rutgers is fortified by the fact his recruiting coach P.J. Fleck, the Scarlet Knights' receivers coach, made it to the NFL with 4.8 speed.

"Coach Fleck had a lot of good things to say about me," Sebastiano said. "He thought I was one of the best receivers in Florida, so that means something. I need to keep plugging away at it so I can get that first offer and then hopefully others start coming in."

Sebastiano's sister, who lives in New York City, accompanied him on his trip to Rutgers, where he met up with Fleck before getting a tour of the Hale Center.

"We saw the weight room, the athletic training room, all the offices," Sebastiano said. "We saw the whole place in the morning, and then we went out on the field."

Once on the field, Sebastiano worked through agility drills before running routes and catching passes during a grinding 90 minutes in high temperatures with humidity.

"I was dragging at the end of it, but got some really good work in," he said. "We went through some ball drills early, just catching, because (Fleck) wanted to see where my hands were at. The second part was a lot of route-running to see my foot placement.

"One of the things I learned was sticking your routes, and once you jab, like if you're on a curl and coming back to the quarterback, I didn't realize your step had to be quick and direct."

After spending some time in Greenwich Village with his sister, Sebastiano will return to south Florida and begin preparing for his senior season.

"I'm really excited for once the season starts to do my best in the first three or four games," he said, "and get my name up there higher on peoples' charts."

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