Liston's First Rutgers Visit "Felt Like Home"

Lester Liston

A visit six months in the making, Hargrave Military Academy (Va.) linebacker Lester Liston saw Rutgers for the first time this weekend. On his official visit, Liston broke down his first experience at the school and first trip to New York city.

The magnitude of the situation hit Lester Liston when he looked in the mirror. Trying on his future No. 25 jersey at Rutgers, Liston said he simply felt at home on his official visit.

Committing to Rutgers without ever meeting the head coach, or seeing the campus, his two days spent in Piscataway "felt like home."

"That uniform, when I put it on, it blew my mind," Liston said. "At first, [director of player services Mike Kuzniak] said it was too tight. But I was just saying ‘I'm going to do whatever it takes to get that uniform on. I was kind of like a little kid again and everything made sense."

Sophomore running back Savon Huggins hosted Liston on his visit and showed him the ropes. The two hung out together and even signed autographs for a few children that recognized Huggins on campus.

"It's hard to put it into words," Liston said. "I didn't want to leave I'll tell you that. It was my first time at Rutgers, never been to New York City before. We went to Times Square, it was amazing. I just loved it."

Liston did all of the usual activities of an official visit and said he greatly enjoyed an up-close view at a bowl practice and All-American linebacker Khaseem Greene.

His first face-to-face meeting with coach Kyle Flood went great, he said.

"He's a standup guy," Liston said. "He was cool, honest. He's going to take care of me, but he's also going to push me hard."

Liston went on the visit with his father, aunt and uncle, who all are happier to have him at Rutgers than any of his other choices in the process, he said.

Liston has to finish exams at Hargrave, but said he has the necessary grades and test scores to qualify. He wants another point on the ACT, but said he is all clear to enroll at Rutgers next month.

"At this point I'm even happy to be back at Hargrave to get to Rutgers that much quicker," said Liston, who immediately went into study hall after returning to Hargrave today. "I've never been this motivated to finish strong and get to Rutgers."

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