ASA college (Brooklyn) offensive lineman Ali Kassem, who said earlier in the morning he would wait until signing day to make a decision, sped up his timetable much quicker.
"I committed to Rutgers," he told FOXSportsNEXT. "I just thought about it and football there is much more important than most colleges. Being around that type of family means a lot to me."
The 6-foot-7, 370-pound Kassem was also considering North Carolina State, where he visited over the weekend.
But Kassem said the feeling he got hanging around the Rutgers players during an official visit the weekend prior to his N.C. State trip, and the manner in which Rutgers recruited him were tipping points.
"I just felt like the school wanted me more," Kassem said. "I feel like I fit in well. When I went there and took my official visit, it was like I was with my friends at home. On the football field, they tell me I can be the next right tackle there, so that is good."
Another key aspect is Kassem said his younger brother is going to enroll at ASA in the fall, and this will allow the two to be close.
"It will be nice to be able to see him play football there for two years," said Kassem, who is from Cincinnati.
Kassem said he spoke with his parents about the decision, and they were all in agreement Rutgers was the best place for him. He then called Scarlet Knights offensive line coach Damian Wroblewski to commit.
"He was excited. He wanted me there the whole time," Kassem said. "He was excited and ready for me to get there. He told me to be under 350 when I get in. They are giving me the opportunity to play college football and that means a lot.
"Coach is talking about me taking the train in sometimes because it's 45 minutes away, and talking about coming to spring practice and the spring game and some of the meetings to get ahead."
Kassem has two years to play two seasons, and will enroll in late May.
"It's a relief," he said. "My process was a little harder because my first offer was four weeks ago. It was a relief to get it over."