St. Joseph's Prep (Philadelphia) star Desmon Peoples said he received a verbal offer from the Scarlet Knights after camping there last month, and now wants to learn about the football program and the university.
"That's why I'm going up to Rutgers next week, to see if I would really like going there," the 5-foot-8, 175-pound Peoples said. "I just don't want to go to a school without really knowing what's going on, and what it looks like, and not know what I'm getting myself into.
"I really need to go up and experience what they have to offer and what they have as far as academics."
Peoples ran for 1,050 yards on 125 carries as a sophomore, and also caught 18 passes for 298 yards.
But being told by Rutgers he was getting an offer could kick-start the process.
"It's really important," People said. "It's my first offer, and that's one of the places I would think about going. And with this offer, it means other are going to be coming, so it's pretty important."
Peoples isn't only concerned about football and the atmosphere at a college.
"Academics are really important to me because there's only a few kids from college who go to the NFL," he said. "I think it has a really important impact on me. If I don't make it to the NFL, then I have something to fall back on and pursue a career in something else."
A decision on a school is still far away for Peoples, especially since interest figures to pick up during his junior season.
That is one of the motivating factors for People's offseason workout regimen.
"I worked my legs the most because I saw that it helped me during last season," Peoples said. "I worked on my legs to get more power out of them than I did last year so I can be more successful."