Class of 2012 defensive back Shayne Jones of Immaculata High (Somerville, N.J.) accepted an invitation from the coaching staff to check things out.
"My coach put my name out there, and (Rutgers assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser said to come check out a practice," the 6-foot-1, 180-pound Jones said. "He sent an email back saying I'm a person that Rutgers would like to get to know. So, I went up there with my coach."
Jones is a newbie to the recruiting process. He played in a reserve role for the Spartans as a sophomore, but will start in the secondary this season.
He also returned punts last season, averaging nearly nine yards per return. He also will play receiver for the Spartans, but likes playing defense.
"I like defense. I like to hit people better," he said. "Everybody likes to score touchdowns and play wide receiver, but I would say I'm better a defensive back. I think my coaches would say so."
Jones is receiving interest from Vanderbilt as well as a number of non-Football Bowl Subdivision schools.
His visit to Rutgers marked the first time he saw a college practice, and he came away quite impressed.
"I'm glad I got up there," Jones said. "It was really cool. I've never been to a practice like that before. I'm looking for how hard the kids work, and I like that they're real intense. Our practices aren't like that. It makes me feel like I want to get my team really intense in practice."