QB Blake Rankin to transfer

Sophomore quarterback Blake Rankin will transfer from the school (Duggan, April 8).

Gary Nova, Mike Bimonte and Chris Laviano will likely compete for the starting job, which caused Rankin to transfer. He will finish the semester with Rutgers before he departs. He does not know where he will end up next.

QB and TE commits already have bond

QB Mike Dare and TE Nakia Griffin already have a bond.

The two Rutgers commits worked together in camp over the summer and are looking to build on their relationship moving forward.

“I didn’t know him prior to that and he didn’t know me. But we just started building a little bit of chemistry during the 7-on-7. I’m pretty big, so I was one of his favorite targets. He was throwing me the ball a lot. And he threw it so hard that he ripped my glove one time,” Griffin said.


Read more: NJ.com

RU football spends $1.5 million on five asst. coaches

Rutgers football has added four assistant coaches and re-assigned another, costing $1.5 million this offseason.

In preparation for their big move to the Big Ten, here are the new paychecks the team will be cutting, via NJ.com:

Those assistant salaries are topped by new offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen’s $500,000 annual deal — the most ever paid to a Rutgers assistant. Friedgen, new linebackers coach and special teams coordinator Bob Fraser ($300,000 per year), Rossi ($300,000 per year, a $100,000 raise for him), McDaniels ($200,000 per year) and new offensive line coach Mitch Browning ($200,000 per year) have two-year deals.


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RU announces 2014 recruiting class

Kyle Flood announced the 20 players who have committed to Rutgers’ football program for the 2014 fall semester.

The 2014 recruiting class features eight players from New Jersey, seven from Florida, three from New York, two from Minnesota, two from Pennsylvania and one from Michigan, North Carolina, Texas and Virginia.

NAME
POS
HT
WT
HOMETOWN
HS COACH
VIDEO
Marcus Applefield*
OL
6-6
285
Weeki Wachee, Fla.
Mark Lee
Donald Bedell DL 6-4 235 Fair Haven, N.J. Bryan Batchler Link
George Behr TE 6-5 230 Cottage Grove, Minn. Mike Pendino Link
Sam Blue DL 6-2 230 Raleigh, N.C. Clarence Inscore Link
Andre Boggs DB 5-11 170 Coatesville, Pa. Matt Ortega Link
Tariq Cole OL 6-6 350 Long Beach, N.Y. Scott Martin Link
Darian Dailey DB 5-11 175 Sarasota, Fla. Joe Kinnan Link
Sidney Gopre LB 6-1 200 Newark, N.J. Brian Logan Link
Saquan Hampton DB 6-0 180 Hamilton, N.J. Jon Hampton Link
Zack Heeman OL 6-7 270 Budd Lake, N.J. Jared Luciani Link
Josh Hicks RB 5-10 205 Palmetto, Fla. Dave Marino Link
Jimmy Hogan DL 6-4 225 Wyckoff, N.J. Drew Gibbs Link
Jacob Kraut FB 5-11 250 Jacksonville Beach, Fla. Josh Corey Link
Logan Lister* TE 6-5 245 Katy, Texas Gary Joseph Link
Kam Lott* DB 5-10 185 Jacksonville, Fla. Marty Lee Link
Alan Lucy LS 6-0 230 Dinwiddie, Va. Billy Mills Link
Eric Margolis LB 6-4 215 New City, N.Y. Michael Scarpelli Link
Robert Martin RB 6-0 200 Harrisburg, Pa. Calvin Everett Link
Justin Nelson LB 6-1 240 Irvington, N.J. Bryan Murray Link
Philip Nelson* QB 6-2 215 Mankato, Minn. Mark Esch Link
Giovanni Rescigno QB 6-3 240 Macomb Township, Mich. Paul Verska Link
Brandon Russell* LB 6-1 215 Pembroke Pines, Fla. Roger Harriott Link
Jacquis Webb OL 6-5 310 Rochester, N.Y. Jason Benhan Link
Isaiah Wharton DB 6-1 200 Kissimmee, Fla. Marlin Roberts Link
Eric Wiafe* DL 6-5 265 Egg Harbor Twp., N.J. Tony DeRosa Link
Kevin Wilkins DL 6-3 290 Mahwah, N.J. Tony Karcich Link
For the full list of players and their bios, click here...

Marcus Applefield
Offensive Line • 6-6 • 285
Weeki Wachee, Fla. • Weeki Wachee

Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Mark Lee at Weeki Wachee … first player from his high school to receive a Division I football scholarship offer … started every game and served as captain all four high school seasons … played in the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic in Sebring, Fla. … consensus three-star recruit … ranked No. 31 among offensive tackles nationally by Scout.com … known for good feet and athleticism on the offensive line … projected by recruiting analysts to play left tackle … gained approximately 20 pounds as a senior and is still filling into frame … named All-North Suncoast by the Tampa Bay Times in 2013 … a four-year honor roll student.

Donald Bedell
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 235
Fair Haven, N.J. • Rumson-Fair Haven

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Bryan Batchler at Rumson-Fair Haven … helped team to an 11-1 record as a senior to capture the Central Jersey, Group II state championship … picked up three sacks on opponent’s final drive to seal the win … totaled 90 tackles, nine TFLs, 13 sacks, 14 quarterback hurries, three pass breakups and four forced fumbles as a senior … named First Team All-Shore, First Team All-Group II, First Team All-Monmouth County and Star-Ledger Third Team All-State … rated as the 28th-best player in New Jersey by MaxPreps and three-stars by Scout.com … No. 23 prospect in the Garden State by Scout.com and the No. 25 player in New Jersey according to Rivals.com … projected to be a defensive end at the collegiate level … attended the Rutgers Big Man Academy … First Team All-District A selection after junior season … picked up over 60 tackles with 15 sacks as a junior … undecided on a potential major … son of Paige and Don Bedell.

George Behr
Tight End • 6-5 • 230
Cottage Grove, Minn. • East Ridge

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Mike Pendino at East Ridge … recorded 367 receiving yards on 27 receptions with one touchdown as a senior, helping the team to an 8-2 record … rated the No. 8 prospect in Minnesota by Scout.com … also established himself as a potent run-blocker … worked as a short-yardage receiver and blocker in offense as a junior with 24 catches, 261 yards and two touchdowns … participated in Army All American National Combine in San Antonio, Texas, following junior season … attended Rutgers football camp … father played baseball at Minnesota.

Sam Blue
Defensive Line • 6-2 • 230
Raleigh, N.C. • Millbrook

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Millbrook for coach Clarence Inscore … named Cap-8 Defensive Player of the Year, All-Metro Team, first team all-conference as a senior … totaled 118 tackles, 52 TFLs, 19 sacks, nine forced fumbles, five recoveries, an interception, four pass breakups, a blocked a field goal andscored two defensive touchdowns in final high school season … team went 10-4 with two playoff wins to advance to 4AA state quarterfinals … played outside linebacker and defensive end … holds a 3.72 GPA while taking AP/honors courses … a member of both the National Honor Society and National Achiever’s Society … also saw action at tight end on offense … played high school basketball.

Andre Boggs
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 170
Coatesville, Pa. • Coatesville (Avon Old Farms)

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Coatesville (Pa.) for Matt Ortega before attending Avon Old Farms (Conn.) for prep school for coach Kevin Driscoll … went to same prep school as former Scarlet Knight All-America linebacker and current Chicago Bear Khaseem Greene … played receiver and cornerback during postgrad season … caught 38 passes for 932 yards and 15 touchdowns, also rushing for 180 yards on 24 carries with three touchdowns … high school team advanced to state title game as a senior … ranked as the sixth-best prospect out of Pennsylvania following senior year according to MaxPreps … also played high school basketball.

Tariq Cole
Offensive Line • 6-6 • 350
Long Beach, N.Y. • Long Beach

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Long Beach for coach Scott Martin … a four-year starter at left tackle in high school … named MSG Varsity/Newsday Second Team All-Long Island after senior year … played at 375 pounds in last scholastic season, but displayed athleticism and ability to block at the second level … rated the No. 1 offensive tackle in the state of New York by Scout.com … ninth-best overall prospect in the Empire State by Scout.com … attended Rutgers Big Man Academy camp … projected to move inside to offensive guard at the collegiate level … three-star recruit according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com … also played high school basketball and competed in the shot put and 55-meter dash with the track and field team.

Darian Dailey
Defensive Back • 5-11 • 175
Bradenton, Fla. • Manatee

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Manatee for coach Joe Kinnan … totaled 16 tackles and six pass breakups in seven games as a senior … team went 11-1 … racked up 42 tackles as junior with 10 pass breakups … team went 13-1 and ranked as high as No. 5 in the state of Florida by MaxPreps … previously played running back at Riverview before transferring to Manatee … recorded a 4.35 40-yard dash in high school, said to be the fastest time ever taken at Manatee … brother Nate Gates played at LSU in 1998.

Sidney Gopre
Linebacker • 6-1 • 200
Newark, N.J. • Weequahic

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Weequahic for coach Brian Logan … recorded 170 tackles, 38 tackles for loss, 14 sacks and five forced fumbles as a senior to earn Star-Ledger Defensive Player of the Year, First Team All-State and First Team All-Essex County honors … also named MaxPreps Second Team All-America and First Team Small Schools All-America … helped team advance to Central Jersey, Group II state championship game, picking up 21 stops with a forced fumble in title game … led a defense that allowed just 41 points during senior year … team won Essex Conference Colonial Division title in two of three varsity seasons … totaled 132 tackles with five sacks as a junior to help team finish 9-3 … a consensus three-star recruit … rated No. 11 prospect in New Jersey according to Scout.com … rated 51st-best linebacker prospect nationally by Scout.com … played both middle and outside linebacker … saw time at running back on offense in high school, rushing for 524 yards and six touchdowns as a senior … switched from defensive end to linebacker as a junior … attended Rutgers football camp.

Saquan Hampton
Defensive Back • 6-0 • 180
Hamilton, N.J. • Nottingham

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Nottingham for coach Jon Adams … totaled 17 tackles, four interceptions, averaged more than 38 yards per kickoff return and averaged 13 yards per punt return as a senior … scored a touchdown off a punt return, kick return and interception … additionally recorded 12 carries for 160 yards and a score and five receptions for 73 yards on offense … team reached Central Jersey, Group IV semifinals … named First Team All-Group IV, First Team All-South Jersey and First Team All-Colonial Valley Conference … earned Frank “Mammy” Piscopo Memorial Award, given to the area’s Player of the Year by the 12th Man Touchdown Club Dinner … helped team win Central Jersey Group III championship as a junior, going 11-1 … a consensus three-star recruit … rated as the 23rd-best prospect by Rivals.com in New Jersey … played multiple positions in high school in addition to special teams … played a physical, press-style coverage at corner in high school … attended Rutgers football camp.

Zack Heeman
Offensive Line • 6-7 • 270
Budd Lake, N.J. • Mount Olive

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Mount Olive for coach Jared Luciani … named Star-Ledger Second Team All-State, First Team All-Group IV and First Team All-Morris County as a senior … one of the New Jersey nominees for the prestigious McDonald’s All-American Game in basketball … also a high-caliber high school basketball player, reaching 1,000 varsity points as a junior … additionally competed on the track and field team and set the school shot put record with a 51’3” toss … increased bench press to 315 pounds and squat to 575 pounds … wears a size 16 shoe … opted not to play football during sophomore season … played offensive tackle and guard, defensive end and special teams once returning to football as a junior … left-handed … projected to play offensive tackle … rated a three-star recruit according to Scout.com and 247Sports.com … No. 35 prospect in New Jersey according to Scout.com.

Josh Hicks
Running Back • 5-10 • 205
Palmetto, Fla. • Palmetto

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Palmetto for coach Dave Marino, a South Jersey native who played offensive guard for Rutgers from 1984-88 … rushed for 1,087 yards and 17 touchdowns, returning punts and kickoffs and playing safety in nine games as a senior … also had contributed 47 tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball and returned a kickoff 99 yards for an additional score … team reached playoffs for fourth straight year, falling in the Class 7A-Region 3 quarterfinal … named Bradenton Herald First Team All-Area … played in the 59th Annual Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic held in Sebring, Fla. … managed to run for 900 yards and 11 touchdown despite missing four games as junior … committed to Rutgers as a junior, the first player to do so since Betim Bujari in 2008 … played four seasons of varsity football … also ran track, competing in the 100, 200, 4X100 and 4X400 … ran as quick as a 10.7 in the 100 meters and 21.2 in the 200 meters … 4×100 team won regional championship as a sophomore … a consensus three-star recruit … rated the 11th-best all-purpose back nationally by 247Sports and 42nd-best running back by Scout.com … known as a power back with vision and ability to break away … attended Rutgers football camp.

Jimmy Hogan
Defensive Line • 6-4 • 225
Wyckoff, N.J. • Ramapo

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Ramapo for coach Drew Gibbs … played both defensive end and offensive tackle in high school … totaled 48 tackles as a senior in 10 games … named First Team All-Group III Offense and Second Team All-Bergen County Offense … recorded 32 tackles and four sacks as a junior to help team win North Jersey 1, Group III title … named all-metro for play on the offensive line … part of NJVarsity Top 30 list after junior season … rated a three-star recruit by Scout.com and 247Sports … the 35th-best prospect in the state according to 247Sports … played defensive end in a 4-3 scheme and spent much of the time in a four-point stance … attended Rutgers football camp … No. 34 player in the Garden State according to Scout.com.

Jacob Kraut
Fullback • 5-11 • 250
Jacksonville Beach, Fla. • Fletcher

Prior to Rutgers: Two-way starter at fullback and defensive end for head coach Josh Corey at Fletcher High School … Jacksonville Times-Union Second Team All-First Coast selection … listed as the third-best fullback nationally according to Rivals.com … No. 11 fullback recruit nationally according to Scout.com … consensus three-star recruit … sixth-ranked fullback in the nation according to 247Sports … led team to a 10-3 record and a spot in the FHSAA playoffs as a senior … top-100 recruit in Florida according to Rivals.com … Florida Class 7A honorable mention all-state selection as a senior … 45 rushing attempts for 171 yards and two touchdowns in 2013 … key part of an offense that averaged over 300 yards per game, including 1,816 rushing yards in 12 games.

Logan Lister
Tight End • 6-5 • 245
Katy, Texas • Katy

Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Gary Joseph at Katy … played offensive tackle as a senior, but will play tight end at Rutgers … high school offense centered around the running attack … played a key part blocking up front to help team go 15-1 as a senior and advanced to the UIL 5A D2 state championship game at AT&T Cowboys Stadium … team scored at least 51 points in five playoff victories … Tigers ranked as high as No. 4 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 … participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl as a tight end following senior season in Carson, Calif. … game recognizes academic, leadership and athletic excellence … part of National Sports News Service 2012 national championship team after going 16-0 as a junior … won the UIL 5A D2 state championship game that season … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services.

Kam Lott
Defensive Back • 5-10 • 185
Jacksonville, Fla. • First Coast
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Marty Lee at First Coast … played mostly at cornerback, but also saw time at safety … team went 11-2 as a senior to win district title … Jacksonville Times Union All-First Coast selection … 41 total tackles and three interceptions as a senior … also a factor on special teams … collected 20 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, helping team to a 10-1 record … earned Times Union All-First Coast accolades as a junior … father, Reginald Lott, played cornerback for Middle Tennessee State … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services … one of three Jacksonville-area natives on the roster.

Alan Lucy
Long Snapper • 6-0 • 230
Dinwiddie, Va. • Dinwiddie

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Dinwiddie for coach Billy Mills … recruited as a long snapper … rated the No. 3 long snapping prospect in the nation according to Chris Rubio, known as the top snapping instructor in the country … also played offensive line in high school on a team that went 15-0 as a senior to win a Class 4A state championship … totaled 55 pancake blocks in 2013 according to MaxPreps … a finalist for the 2013 Chris Rubio Award, given to the best high school long snapper … also named Rubio Second Team All-America following senior season … attended Rutgers football camp.

Eric Margolis
Linebacker • 6-4 • 215
New City, N.Y. • Clarkstown South

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … coached by Michael Scarpelli at Clarkstown South … a versatile three-year varsity starter who played wide receiver, tight end and strong safety in high school … served as a captain as a senior … totaled 238 receiving yards on 14 receptions (17.0 average), while recording 58 solo tackles and two interceptions on the defensive side of the ball … returned an interception for a touchdown against New Rochelle … named first team all-conference, all-county and all-section at the Class AA, League II level … had 199 yards on 15 receptions as a junior, with 38 tackles and two interceptions … earned all-county honorable mention as a junior.

Robert Martin
Running Back • 6-0 • 200
Harrisburg, Pa. • Harrisburg

Prior to Rutgers: One of Pennsylvania’s top running backs for head coach Calvin Everett at Harrisburg High School … suffered a season-ending knee injury in the first game of his senior season … rushed for 1,812 yards in fewer than 10 games as a junior … 18 touchdowns and 12.2 yards per carry average in 2012 … registered over 100 tackles as the Cougars’ middle linebacker during his junior season … 2012 Pennsylvania Sports Writers Class AAAA All-State selection … rushed for a record 360 yards against Cumberland Valley in the 2012 PIAA District 3 quarterfinals … No. 50 running back nationally according to Scout.com … No. 12 prospect and second-ranked running back in Pennsylvania by Scout.com … No. 16 player in Pennsylvania and the 27th-best running back recruit nationally according to 247Sports … rated as the sixth overall recruit in Pennsylvania by ESPN.com … consensus three-star recruit.

Justin Nelson
Linebacker • 6-1 • 240
Irvington, N.J. • DePaul Catholic

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at DePaul Catholic for coach John McKenna … totaled 185 tackles, 36 tackles for loss and 28 sacks in three seasons for the Spartans … team went 10-2 as a senior, including NJSIAA Non-Public, Group II title with a 35-16 victory at High Point Solutions Stadium … recorded 61 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, eight sacks and 11 quarterback hurries to earn Star Ledger Second Team All-Non-Public Defense and First Team All-Passaic County Defense … named a top performer by Rivals.com at the Chesapeake Bowl, considered by football analysts the top regional all-star game in the nation … had 68 tackles and 11 sacks as a sophomore at defensive end … consensus three-star recruit … rated the 18th-best player in New Jersey by Rivals.com and No. 89 nationally at his position by Scout.com … ranked as high as No. 21 in the NJVarsity Top 30 … attended same high school as current Scarlet Knight Davon Jacobs … went to St. Peter’s Prep as a freshman before transferring to DePaul Catholic as a sophomore … attended Rutgers football camp.

Philip Nelson
Quarterback • 6-2 • 215
Mankato, Minn./West (Minnesota)

2014: Transferred to Rutgers in January and eligible to participate in spring practice … must sit out fall season due to NCAA transfer regulations, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining starting in 2015.

2013 (at Minnesota):Played in 12 games and started nine … was 94-of-186 for 1,306 yards and nine touchdowns … third on the team in rushing attempts (93) and yards (364) … led team in total offense with 1,670 yards (1,306 passing yards and 364 rushingyards) … fourth on the team in scoring with six rushing touchdowns … named Academic All-Big Ten … ran 12 times for 83 yards and two touchdowns, which included a 48-yard score, in a win against UNLV (8/29) … was 10-of-22 for 99 yards and a touchdown vs. UNLV … rushed 15 times for a career-high 122 yards and a touchdown at New Mexico State (9/7) … completed eight passes for 127 yards against the Aggies … rushed six times for 16 yards and was 3-of-4 passing against Western Illinois before leaving the game with an injury … returned to the starting lineup after missing a game against Iowa (9/28) and passed for 135 yards and one touchdown … saw action in a reserve role at Northwestern (10/19) and led Minnesota to a victory, as he rushed for 26 yards and passed for 112 yards and one touchdown … rushed eight times for 55 yards and twotouchdowns against Nebraska (10/26) and was also 7-of-15 passing for 152 yards and one touchdown … completed 16-of-23 passes for career highs in completions (16), yards (298) and touchdowns (4) against Indiana (11/2) … ran 12 times for 40 yards and one touchdown against Penn State (11/9), while also going 15-of-24 for 186 yards and one touchdown … started against Wisconsin (11/23) and at Michigan State (11/30) … started against Syracuse (12/27) in the Texas Bowl and was 2-of-7 passing for 18 yards and rushed two times for 14 yards.

2012 (at Minnesota):Started the final seven games of the season at quarterback as a true freshman … passed for 873 yards and eight touchdowns (third most ever for a Gopherfreshman quarterback) … rushed 69 times for 184 yards … led team with 1,057 yards of total offense … named Big Ten Co-Freshman of the Week for his performance against Purdue (first Gopher to ever earn that honor) … shared Outstanding Offensive Freshman of the Year honors with running back RodrickWilliams … made his Minnesota and collegiate debut at Wisconsin (10/20) … completed 13-of-24 passes for 149 yards and two touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 67 yards at Wisconsin … made his home debut against Purdue (10/27) and led Minnesota to a 44-28 win … completed 15-of-22 passes for 246 yards and three touchdowns in the win vs. Purdue … rushed for 37 yards and connected on 13 passes, including one touchdown, against Michigan (11/3) … caught his first career pass (from holder Peter Mortell) on fake field goal attempt vs. Michigan … completed 9-of-15 passes for 78 yards in a 17-3 win at Illinois (11/10), which secured a bowl bid for the Gophers … saw action at Nebraska (11/17) and against Michigan State (11/24) … rushed for 26 yards and completed 7-of-16 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns vs. Texas Tech (12/28) in the Texas Bowl.

Prior to Minnesota: Graduate of Mankato West High School … led team to an 11-1 record, conference and section championship and berth in state semifinals … winner of Minnesota Mr. Football award following his senior season … also named ESPN Gatorade Minnesota Player of the Year and AP Minnesota Player of the Year in 2011 … named all-state by the Minnesota Vikings and the AP … earned All-America recognition by the Semper FidelisAll-Star Game … named Big Nine Conference Player of the Year and was a two-time Big Nine Offensive Player of the Year … MaxPreps’ Tom Lemming rated him the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the nation, the No. 40 overall player in the country and his National Sleeper of the Year … three-time all-conference selection … set state records for single-season total touchdowns (55) andcareer touchdowns (135) … finished career No. 2 on state charts for attempts (801), completions (490), passing yards (7,561) and touchdown passes (94) … passed for 2,784 yards and 35 scores, while rushing for 1,243 yards and 20 TDs as a senior … coached by Mark Esch.

Giovanni Rescigno
Quarterback • 6-3 • 240
Warren, Mich./De La Salle

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at De La Salle for coach Paul Verska … started at quarterback as a senior and totaled 1,396 passing yards with 15 touchdowns in nine games … also rushed for 512 yards on the ground with five scores … ran the pistol offense in high school, but also played under center at times … holds the school career passing percentage record at 54.3 percent … named team MVP, Detroit Free Press Second Team All-Metro East, Second Team All-Macomb County and All-Catholic League as a senior … expected to play in the Ohio-Michigan All-Star Border Classic … started as a wide receiver as a junior and sophomore, earning Central Division All-League honors in 2012 … made three starts as at quarterback as a junior and collected 309 yards of total offense in first start … holds school record for career punt average at 38.0 yards per kick in 36 attempts … downed eight punts out of 19 inside the 20 as a senior … a four-star prospect and the 21st-ranked quarterback nationally according to ESPN … rated three stars by 247Sports … also played high school basketball.

Brandon Russell
Linebacker • 6-1 • 215
Pembroke Pines, Fla. • University

Prior to Rutgers: Enrolled early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Roger Harriott at University … FHSAA Class 4A First Team All-State selection at linebacker … Sun-Sentinel All-Broward County selection on defense … finished senior season with 84 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception … played first three seasons of high school football at Flanagan before transferring for senior season … helped team to a 10-3 record … led team to an appearance in the FHSAA 4A regional championship game … rated the No. 35 player in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel … known for physicality and athleticism at the linebacker position … maintained over a 4.0 GPA in high school with an AP course load … of Bahamian descent … uncle attended Rutgers in the 1980s … a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.

Jacquis Webb
Offensive Line • 6-5 • 310
Rochester, N.Y. • Gates Chili

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Gates Chili for coach Jason Benham … played both offensive guard and tackle … named Section V, Class AA Fourth Team All-State as a senior playing mostly guard … team ran multiple pro-style offense … a consensus three-star recruit … rated the eighth-best prospect out of New York by Rivals.com and Scout.com … top-ranked offensive guard recruit in the state of New York according to Scout.com … recorded bench presses of 305 pounds and squats of 405 pounds … participated in the NLA Showcase … attended Rutgers football camp.

Isaiah Wharton
Defensive Back • 6-1 • 200
Kissimmee, Fla. • Gateway

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at Gateway for coach Marlin Roberts … ranked No. 20 in the Orlando Sentinel Central Florida Super 60 … earned Orlando Sentinel Second Team Class 7A All-State after recording 19 tackles (18 solo) and three interceptions as a senior … routinely covered the opponent’s top receiver in a man-to-man scheme … also totaled 892 rushing yards on offense with seven touchdowns … had an interception and blocked punt as a junior, recording three rushing touchdowns … played many positions on the field, but projects as a cornerback … rushed for 189 yards and a touchdown in a win over Lake Nona as a senior … rated the No. 77 overall prospect in the state of Florida by the Orlando Sentinel.

Eric Wiafe
Defensive Line • 6-5 • 265
Egg Harbor Township, N.J. • Egg Harbor Township (Milford Academy)

Prior to Rutgers: Played at New Britain (N.Y.) Milford Academy in the fall of 2013 … enrolled at Rutgers in January and will participate in spring practice … recorded 28 tackles, five TFLs, three sacks and a defensive touchdown, helping the team go 9-3 … projected to play three-technique position on defensive line by recruiting analysts … played high school football for coach Tony DeRosa at Egg Harbor Township … former high school teammate of current Scarlet Knight defensive back Tejay Johnson … played both defensive tackle and tight end in high school … recorded 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks as a senior … Press of Atlantic City All-Star selection … 10 tackles and one reception for 19 yards in limited action as a junior … rated as the No. 20 prospect overall in New Jersey according to SuperPrep Magazine … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services … originally a member of the 2013 Rutgers signing class, but spent one year at Milford Academy.

Kevin Wilkins
Defensive Line • 6-3 • 290
Mahwah, N.J. • St. Joseph’s Regional

Prior to Rutgers: Part of 2014 signing day class … played high school football at St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) for coach Tony Karcich … won four high school state football championships … played first two seasons at Don Bosco Prep before transferring to St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) for junior year … played both offensive and defensive line in high school, but projects as a defensive tackle at the collegiate level … totaled 47 tackles as a senior to earn Bergen Record First Team All-North Jersey on defense and Star-Ledger Third Team All-State on offense … also named MSG Varsity Second Team All-Metro … helped team win Non-Public, Group III state championship with 10-1record and earn the No. 1 ranking in the state according to the Star-Ledger to cap high school football career … team was also ranked No. 15 nationally by MaxPreps … rated as the tenth-best player in New Jersey and the Garden State’s top defensive tackle prospect according to Scout.com … named Bergen Record First Team All-North Jersey at offensive tackle as a junior … a consensus three-star recruit … rated as the 44th-best defensive tackle prospect by and 16th-best overall in New Jersey by Rivals.com … rated No. 47 at his position by Scout.com … ranked No. 17 player in the state according to NJVarsity … originally rated as the No. 29 offensive guard prospect nationally by Rivals.com … ran as quick as a 4.9 40-yard dash as a senior at 295 pounds … also an accomplished high school wrestler at heavyweight … reached the finals of the prestigious Beast of the East in Newark, Del., one of the top tournaments nationally … named Bergen Record First Team All-Bergen County as a junior after going 36-7 to win region and district titles, advancing to the state semifinals … defeated the eventual state champion as a sophomore and went on to win district title … former Scarlet Knights Jason McCourty, Devin McCourty, Patrick Kivlehan, Steve Beauharnais and Ron Girault also went to St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale) … was high school teammates with current Scarlet Knights Gary Nova, Darius Hamilton, Leonte Carroo and Razohnn Gross at Don Bosco Prep.

RU lands QB commit

Rutger’s football program landed a committment from Michigan quarterback Giovanni Rescigno.

“I visited this whole weekend and it just grew on me,” Rescigno said (Hunt). “I enjoyed every part of it. It was just a perfect fit. Just being around the guys on the team. They are just like a family.

Rutgers was the only Division 1(A) school to extend him an offer.

Loud Mouths: The McCourtys

The Loud Mouths are joined by Jason and Devin McCourty to discuss the lead up to the Super Bowl and what to expect on Sunday.

Rutgers releases report on Jevon Tyree bullying

Rutgers University has released the independent report about the Jevon Tyree bullying allegations.

The report found no wrongdoing and said the university handled the situation appropriately.

In November, former Rutgers football player Jevon Tyree, and his parents, claim that defensive coordinator Dave Cohen called Tyree names during a study hall session in the spring, according to NJ.com.

The incident supposedly happened in April, and Tyree recently quit the team after continued abuse and another player was used ahead of him in a game, he said.

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Rutgers’ OC Prince may join Lions

Rutgers offensive coordinator Ron Prince could join the Detroit Lions staff (Birkett).

Jim Caldwell, recently hired as the Lions’ head coach, was the head coach of the Colts when Prince was an assistant offensive coach.