Fairfield (Conn.) Fairfield Prep defensive tackle Garrett Brown headed down to New Jersey this weekend for his first official visit. The 6-foot-2, 286-pounder was impressed with his visit to Rutgers. How did Brown rate his trip with the Scarlet Knights?
"I'd say it was probably an eight or a nine," he said. "I really felt comfortable with the players and coaches and I could see myself playing for them. I saw how they run things down there and they fit my style of hard-nosed football. Going in I didn't know if it would be a place I'd fit in, but afterwards I think I can be a big part of their defense.
"I got there Friday morning and the players and coaches showed me around. They've got top notch facilities because everything is brand new. The coaches also showed me how I fit into their schemes. On the trip I met up with my host Remel Meekins who was really cool and told me how tight of a group the team is.
"On Saturday, all the recruits went down to New York to the ESPNZone which was a really good time. Finally, today I met with coach Schiano. He addressed how interested he was in me and talked about academic standing and education. I really like the fact they have the major I want to pursue in college, sports management."
Where does Rutgers stand now for Brown after the visit?
"I don't know exactly because this was my first trip," he said. "I'd say they are right at the top though because it was a very good visit."
The three-star prospect is expected to be heading to Illinois next weekend.
"I'm just going to be looking at the atmosphere, student life and more at Illinois," he said. "I like that Illinois like Rutgers is looking for defensive linemen and there's a good chance I can come in and play at both programs pretty early."
Minnesota will be Brown's final official visit in two weeks.
"I like that they're a good powerhouse team in the Big Ten," he said. "I know they are also looking for defensive linemen."
The No. 12 player in New England is expected to make a decision soon after his trip to Minnesota.
This week the Gophers and Illini are expected to come for in-home visits.