With a 9-3 regular season, co-Big East championship and a coming move to the Big Ten, Rutgers is hoping to lock down the state's borders and keep its best players in the state. The atmosphere for Thursday's game helped with at least one 2014 target.
Junior athlete Juwann Winfree (Englewood, N.J./Dwight Morrow) visited Rutgers for the Louisville game Thursday, and he left Piscataway with an offer. The offer instantly moved the Scarlet Knights into Winfree's top group.
"As of right they're in the top three -- if I get the offers I plan on getting -- with Pittsburgh and West Virginia," said Winfree, who has offers from Pitt and Old Dominion already. "[Rutgers] is close so I can see me going there and hopefully I can put my team back on the map and be a playmaker early for them. I can see myself going there and like the school so far."
The 6-foot-2, 180-pound Winfree has made a few visits this season already, but he said the one Thursday was his best visit yet. Although Winfree was late and missed out on the opportunity to talk with coach Kyle Flood, he walked in at arguably the best time of the game anyway. Winfree entered the stadium as Brandon Coleman hauled in an 85-yard touchdown early in the first quarter.
"It was crazy. Everybody was jumping around. That was the biggest crowd out of all my visits," Winfree said. "The atmosphere was crazy."
Talking with the coaches afterward, they like Winfree at defensive back, although he prefers receiver. The coaches said the decision is ultimately his, but Winfree said he is willing to play wherever the coaches want him.