Two of Rutgers’ top targets in the 2010 class took official visits to chief competitors over the weekend.
Running back Mustafa Greene of Irmo High (Columbia, S.C.) went to North Carolina State and receiver Brandon Coleman of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) traveled to Syracuse.
Both players said they enjoyed the visits, and added they would announce their intentions on signing day. Both also talked about their visits shaped their recruitment.
An hour or so after arriving home on Monday, the 6-foot-6, 200-pound four-star Coleman said he still had Rutgers has his leader, ahead of Maryland and Syracuse.
In fact, asked if the Scarlet Knights were his leader, Coleman said, “Yes.’’
Still, the Syracuse visit made quite the impression on him.
“Overall, things went very well. It opened my eyes and showed me a different side of Syracuse football,’’ Coleman said. “I could see in the coaching staff and the players, and the things that they do and the things that they say, they are all on the same page to turn the program around and be a powerhouse football team. That’s what they’re all talking about.
“The one thing that blew me away was the character of the team. You would think that Syracuse has been down in football for some time, that they would be all lackadaisical about everything. They’re taking their offseason workouts really serious, really intense.’’
Coleman said he is announcing his decision signing day because a few of his teammates are doing the same. There is a signing event scheduled at the school.
Going into the weekend, Coleman acknowledged his order of preference for schools was Rutgers, Maryland and Syracuse.
Coming out of the visit, does Coleman have a different leader?
“No,’’ he said.
Meanwhile, Greene, a three-star, remains focused on North Carolina State and Rutgers, although he declined to name a leader.
“I won’t be making my decision until signing day,’’ said Greene, who talked about his N.C. State visit. “I thought it was a great program. I’ll have the opportunity to play. The staff is good, the players were fun.’’
Greene said the visit was comparable to his trip to Rutgers last month.
“They were both very good,’’ he said. “There is no favorite right now.’’
He added Georgia could still be involved, but at this time his schedule was not conducive to making an official visit to Athens.
“I would like to make it (to Georgia) for one, but I doubt I’ll be able to make it,’’ Greene said. “I need to take a test.’’