tapped into Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) to land one of the prizes of its 2010 recruiting class, and the Scarlet Knights are going back for the 2011 class.
Nicholas "Nico" Law, a 6-foot-3, 190-pound strong safety, received his written offer from Rutgers.
"I just got it in the mail a couple of days ago,'' Law said. "I know it's a really good academic school and a really nice football center, but I have not been up there to visit. I was supposed to go up there during Junior Day, but my grandfather passed.''
If Law has any questions about the Scarlet Knights, he doesn't need to look far. Teammate Brandon Coleman, a four-star receiver, signed with Rutgers last week.
And Coleman has been talking to Law about the New Jersey school.
"Brandon is putting in a good word, telling me how beautiful the campus is, this and that,'' Law said. "He has made me (aware) of what it's like up at Rutgers.''
Law is a neophyte when it comes to football.
He didn't start playing until his freshman season, but that was as a linebacker. He moved to strong safety before his junior season and excelled.
Law also plays receiver, but hasn't had much time at that position yet. He believes that could come during the upcoming season.
"I never played football until I got to high school,'' Law said, "so everything is brand new.''
Law also has an offer from North Carolina State, and added "Virginia Tech and Syracuse told my coach they were going to offer me, but I really haven't seen the formal document.''
Although Law has not put together a visit schedule for the spring and summer, during a snowy week in the Washington, D.C., area he certainly knew of one area that looked attractive.
"I like schools that have a nice climate. Tropical schools,'' Law said with a laugh. "When you're there, you're on the beach. Probably some school in Florida; something like Miami.''
But when it comes down to making a college decision, nice beaches and warm weather are going to be sidelights to what really matters.
"I'm looking for a school that has academics, and also real good athletics,'' Law said. "I don't want to just play football in college. I want to go to the next level, so I'm looking for a place that will help me perfect my athletic ability, and also academic-wise because there's life after football.''
Rutgers landed receiver Brandon Coleman of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) High in the 2010 class, and now has offered a teammate from the 2011 class. The linebacker-turned-strong safety talks about the offer, what he knows about Rutgers and whether Coleman will impact his recruitment.
Rutgers returns to the school of signee Brandon Coleman to offer a safety for the 2011 class ...