The Scarlet Knights have rescinded their offer for former Paramus Catholic coach Chris Partridge to join the Rutgers coaching staff (NJ.com, Jan. 23).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 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.
Rutgers defensive end Kemoko Turay was named Freshman All-America last week by the Football Writers Association of America (NJ.com, Jan. 21).
Turay, who redshirted in 2013, is focused on being an every-down player. After playing just one season of varsity football in high school, he’s tied for seventh in the Big Ten and fourth nationally among freshman with 7.5 sacks in his debut season. The 6-foot-6, 235-pound New Jersey native is tied for most blocked kicks in the nation with three.
His vertical leap earned Turay big Ten Special Teams Player of the Week honors in October, when he blocked a game-winning field goal attempt in Rutgers’ 26-24 win over Michigan.
“We have three more years with him, so that’s exciting for somebody who did start as a tremendous raw talent,” Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said. “Now, working with (defensive line coach Jim) Panagos and (defensive coordinator Joe) Rossi and really taking to the coaching, he’s becoming more of a complete player and I think somebody people are going to have to contend with for a long time.”
Result: Visiting Michigan held Rutgers scoreless for 5:28 in the second half Tuesday as the Knights fell to 10-10, 2-5 in the Big Ten.
Need to Know: After Myles Mack made two free throws to give the Knights a 42-37 lead with 7:19 to play, the Knights didn’t score again until Kadeem Jack’s jumper made it 48-44 Michigan with 1:51 to go.
Other than Mack (15 points) and Greg Lewis, the Knights were 1-for-8 at the free-throw line. Michigan was 12-for-14 at the line. Kadeem Jack had 13 points.
Rutgers shot 36.5 percent from the floor, 4-for-14 from three (Mack was 3-for-9). The Knights shot 50 percent (80-of-160) in their previous three games.
Michigan (11-7, 4-2) improved to 1-1 against New Jersey schools, having lost to NJIT at home 72-70 in December. . .Derek Walton Jr. had 12 points to lead Michigan.
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What’s Next: The Knights travel to Penn State Saturday (noon).
On Monday, the Scarlet Knights hosted quarterback Dwayne Haskins Jr., the high school junior ranked No. 2 in the country by ESPN (NJ.com, Jan. 19).
The 6-2, 190-pound QB took an unofficial visit to Rutgers with wide receiver and Rutgers commit Mohamed Jabbie. While Haskins has no shortage of collegiate options, being named the 2014 Maryland Gatorade Play of the Year, he said Rutgers is one of his favorite schools.
“Rutgers is one of the schools on my mind, right now,” Haskins said Monday. “It was a great visit. I enjoyed every second of it. They have great people there. I can’t wait to come back.”
The Maryland native was at the school all day which started with a sit down with coach Ralph Friedgen to watch film and go over plays. From there he met with defensive coordinator Joe Rossi, followed by the academic advisor who had suggestions of how to prepare for being a student athlete. Haskins ended the day with a visit with head coach Kyle Flood. To read more of this story, click here
The Scarlet Knights are tied for most alumni on the active roster heading into the Super Bowl.
With four players on the New England Patriots roster, Rutgers matches Oregon, Texas A&M and Wisconsin (Rutgers, Jan. 19).
Defensive back Devin McCourty in his fifth season with the Pats while cornerback Logan Ryan, tight end Tim Wright and safety Duron Harmon are capping off their second season in the NFL.
The Rutgers men’s basketball team had a shot at another Big Ten upset over Maryland Wednesday night, but ultimately fell 73-65 on the road against No. 14 Maryland. Despite the loss, Scarlet Knights’ coach Eddie Jordan knows his squad had the win in them, they just have to prove it (Asbury Park Press, Jan. 14).
“We have to continue to play the best teams in our league, the best teams in the country, and we’ve got to keep proving it,” Eddie Jordan said. “I think we understand if we do things right for the most part, we’re going to give ourselves a chance to win.”
Rutgers gave themselves a fighting chance, leading well into the second half led by senior guard Myles Mack who tallied 19 points, six assists and just one turnover.
“We were getting great plays and we were flowing, but somehow between then and the end of the (game) we didn’t get it right,” said junior guard Bishop Daniels. “I feel like we should have beat them. We had them, but I feel like we beat ourselves.”
Whatever the case, Rutgers isn’t going quietly and they’ve made sure to let their opponents know that.
“I feel like everybody in the Big Ten should be aware of what Rutgers is, because there’s going to be a lot of games where we put pressure on people,” Daniels said. “We’ve got to get it together, but I think we finally got the notice of a lot of teams.”