Home visits are a staple of recruiting, an opportunity for coaches to sell a player’s family on their program in an intimate setting. Rutgers coach Chris Ash takes the visits seriously, and that’s why he boarded a 12-hour flight to Sweden on Wednesday night.
He was off to visit defensive end Robin Jutwreten, a 3-star commit, according to the 247Sports composite. Hayes and director of recruiting communications Omar Hales traveled 3,942 miles, according to NJ.com’s Todderick Hunt, before reaching Jutwreten’s home country.
So thankful for the home visit in Sweden by Head Coach Ash and Coach Hales! I had an amazing day and can’t wait to officially be a part of Rutgers football 🛡⚔️🛡@CoachChrisAsh @Omeezi_ @PPIRecruits #TheHunt @RFootball pic.twitter.com/zjKeyEpQqo
— Robin jutwreten (@jutwreten) February 1, 2018
“We had a great day,” Jutwreten told NJ.com. “We first meet up at my apartment and I got to show them where I live. After spending some time in my apartment, my mom and sister joined us as we headed out to visit my dad and the place I grew up. Dad lives in the countryside in what used to be a farm.”
Jutwreten committed to Rutgers on Jan. 21, choosing the Scarlet Knights’ offer over one from UCF, according to 247Sports. The recruiting website ranks him the No. 115 weakside defensive end recruit in the class of 2018.
Rutgers has the No. 12 recruiting class in the Big Ten, with no 5-star or 4-star recruits but 17 3-star recruits.