Kyle Flood thinks Seahwks DC Dan Quinn is ‘total package’

Rutgers football coach Kyle Flood worked with Seattle Seahawks defensive coordinator Dan Quinn in the late 1990s at Hofstra University, and even then Flood knew his colleague had what it takes to make his mark in the NFL (NJ.com, Jan. 30).

“I saw a really successful football coach,” Flood said. “There are a lot of things that have to go on around you with the team and the rest of the coaching staff and the people when you start talking about Super Bowls and world championships. Dan is a big part of it. Don’t take that the wrong way.”

Flood and Quinn worked together at Hofstra from 1997-2000, and with Quinn on the verge of landing his first NFL head coaching job, Flood is there to back him up. To read more of this story, click here

Juwuan Harris commits to RU football and baseball

Earlier this week, Rutgers football recruit Juwuan Harris decommitted from FAU, now not only is he in for Scarlet Knights football, he plans to play baseball too (Asbury Park Press, Jan. 28).

Harris announced his commitment in a tweet Tuesday night.

“I’m happy to say that I am officially committed to Rutgers University #CHOPNation #GoScarletKnights,” Harris said on Twitter.

The 5-10, 185 pound center fielder for the St. Thomas Aquinas baseball team canceled his visit to Michigan State this coming weekend.

“He is a steal this late in the recruiting season,” said ScarletNation analyst Bobby Deren. “Harris was kind of flying under the recruiting radar for a while as a Florida Atlantic commit, but other schools started stepping up and taking notice. Coming from Florida, where talent is heavy, Harris is one of the more underrated recruits with a lot of potential at the college level.”

Along with football and baseball, Harris also plans to start on a pre-med track.

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Football recruit Jarius Adams to make one more Rutgers visit

Jarius Adams already wrapped up his official visit to Rutgers, but he’ll come back to campus one more time before making his final decision (NJ.com, Jan. 26).

“As of now, yes I do (plan to sign with Rutgers),” Adams said Sunday. “The visit was great.”

But that could change as a last minute offer from Michigan – his dream school – came into play.

“I just wanted to check it out since it was pretty much a dream school growing up,” Adams said. “I just want to check out the stuff that I’ve never seen. That’s pretty much it.”

While Adams will make the visit to Michigan, Rutgers still has a lasting impression. To read more of this story, click here

WR Juwuan Harris decommits from FAU following Rutgers visit

Florida wide receiver Juwuan Harris has decommitted to Florida Atlantic University following his official Rutgers visit (NJ.com, Jan. 25).

“I have officially decommitted from FAU,” Harris said via twitter Sunday. “But I want to thank Coach P and all of his staff for everything they have done me. Good luck to them.”

The St. Thomas Aquinas star has received offered from various programs includin Rutgers, Michigan State, Louisville, Illinois, Kentucky, Pittsburgh and Cincinnati. Though the 5-10, 185-pounder said it would come down to Rutgers, Michigan State and FAU.

Harris committed to FAU last April, but it is likely that he will make is final collegiate announcement some time this week.

RU Football recinds offer to Chris Partridge to join staff

The Scarlet Knights have rescinded their offer for former Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge to join the Rutgers coaching staff (NJ.com, Jan. 23).

According to a source, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood withdrew the offer after concerns rose surrounding how Partridge was handing the process once news broke he was joining the Scarlet Knights’ staff.

Additional concerns were raised in the negative effect Partridge’s hiring might have had on Rutgers’ ability to recruit from other top New Jersey high school programs. While Partridge has been a good high school coach, he also has a fair share of critics.

“He’s a good coach, but he also ticked off a lot of people,” Mike Farrell, a recruiting analyst for Rivals.com said. “Other coaches weren’t overly thrilled with Paramus Catholic becoming a North Jersey power. So you’ve got a guy who’s polarizing at Rutgers now, and is that going to help with [rival Don] Bosco [Prep]? I don’t know. It might hurt.”

There was concern that hiring Partridge might give Rutgers an unfair advantage with Paramus Catholic, which has several of the states top targeted recruits, including the nations No. 1 recruit from the 2016 class, Rashan Gary.

Four-star DE commits to Rutgers

Four-star defensive end Marques Ford has committed to Rutgers, he announced on Twitter.

Ford recently decommitted from Tennessee.

He is ranked by Rivals as the No. 8 weakside defensive end in the nation.