Jersey DB Hutton Reflects on Rutgers Visit

Chris Hutton, a 5-foot-10, 185-pound defensive back from Paul VI (Haddonfield, N.J.), was on the Rutgers campus Saturday to watch practice and chat with the coaching staff. After missing most of his junior season because of injury, Hutton is not only ready to show he can play, but also that he is healthy. He spoke to about his recruitment, and his trip to Rutgers.

Paul VI (Haddonfield, N.J.) defensive back Chris Hutton is one New Jersey's under-the-radar prospects who may not remain there once the season begins.

It is one of the reasons Rutgers wanted him to come to campus for a practice, which he did Saturday. While the 5-foot-10, 185-pound Hutton didn't leave with an offer, he left knowing the Scarlet Knights are very interested and will be closely monitoring his senior season.

"It went great. It was a great experience. I loved their practice," said Hutton, who is being recruited to play cornerback. "They were happy to see and glad I could come up and visit them and watch the practice. They're definitely going to keep in touch with me.

"The coaches think I can play there."

During the visit Hutton spoke with assistant coaches Robb Smith and Phil Galiano as well as head coach Greg Schiano. He also watched practice, spending most of his time focusing on the secondary.

"I was definitely watching the DBs and how they practice and see how they work and the different drills they do," Hutton said. "I'm definitely looking at some of the things I can do differently and how it could help me."

Hutton holds offers from Temple, James Madison and Massachusetts, but his recruitment was slow in the offseason because he missed most of his junior season with a back injury.

The injury kept a number of teams from being able to evaluate him in person during the fall, but that will change once the season begins. Hutton is healthy and ready for training camp.

"You just have to make the best of it," he said. "I'm pretty comfortable with it. I really don't worry about it as much. I just focus on the season. I'm happy to be starting and focus on the first game and get ready to play."

James Madison and UMass are pushing Hutton to visit for a practice or a game, but he is unsure if that will happen. And while he would jump at an offer from the home-state Scarlet Knights, he isn't proclaiming any leaders.

"I don't have any favorites," Hutton said. "I'm definitely going to make my decision in February, and definitely going to wait down until the end and see where everything is, and all the option are."

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