Daytona Beach (Fla.) Mainland tight end Anthony Russell took his first official visit this past weekend traveling to Rutgers.
"It was straight," Russell said of Rutgers. "I did a lot of stuff up there. It was a good experience.
"I learned a lot," Russell added. "It was definitely a good visit."
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During his time on campus, Russell had an opportunity to sit down and speak at length with head coach Greg Schiano.
"I sat down and spoke one-on-one with Coach Schiano," Russell said. "I would rather keep what we spoke about between the two of us. … I had some questions for him but he answered them for me. We had a real good conversation."
The 6-foot-5, 240-pound offensive target was hosted by former Mainland defensive lineman, freshman Kenneth Kirksey.
"He told me that it is a lot of hard work but the hard work pays off," Russell said. "He said he likes it up there."
Russell said the lasting impression left on him about the Scarlet Knights is that they are a close-knit group of players and coaches.
"I just like how the players are from everywhere," Russell said. "Everybody is from somewhere different. They just act like a family. I just like how everybody acts around each other."
The Sunshine State prospect says that making a commitment did cross his mind during the visit.
"I don't want to sit here and say no, because that makes it sound like I don't want to go to Rutgers, but I am definitely interested in going there," Russell said. "I just want to take all my visits and see where I fit best at."
Russell, who lost his senior year to a torn ACL, also reports interest from Florida International, Iowa State, Kentucky, Louisville, Miami, Middle Tennessee, and Purdue. His remaining visits will likely come out of that list of schools.
"I am not sure when I am going to take my next visit," Russell said. "I think I am going to take some in January. I am not sure where I am going to go and when."
A final decision for Russell isn't likely until after he concludes all of his visits.