Next up for Eric LeGrand? Pop music sensation

Eric LeGrand has gone on to be an actor, author and activist since his time with Rutgers football, but now he’s ready to add another title to that list: musician. LeGrand is featured on a song that he co-wrote with recording artist and fellow Scarlet Knight, Carolyn Marie (Asbury Park Press, March 9).

“A lot of stuff doesn’t get to me, but making music touches people and that’s what got me,” LeGrand said. “I’m not going to back away from the challenge. Whatever comes from this, I’m ready for it.”

“Take Back The Power” is set to release for pre-orders this Thursday and have a broader release on March 19 through all digital distributors like Spotify and Amazon. While it’s almost the end of the road on this project, it was a long time coming to get here. To read more of this story, click here

Bates and Howard RU softball candidates for Senior CLASS Award

Rutgers softball senior outfielders Jackie Bates and Chandler Howard have been selected as candidates for the 2015 Senior CLASS Award (Rutgers, March 5).

Student-athletes qualified for the award must be classified as an NCAA Division I senior and have noteworthy achievements in the community, classroom, character and competition.

Both Bates and Howard have contributed on and off the field at Rutgers. Howard leads the squad with a .419 batting average, which includes a team-high 13 hits and four doubles. To read more of this story, click here

Tymir Oliver to visit Rutgers on Monday

Tymir Oliver, a three-star defensive end out of Philadelphia, is set to visit Rutgers on Monday (NJ.com, March 1).

Oliver, a 265-pound junior from West Catholic Preparatory High School, will visit the school with his mother. While he has already secured offers fromĀ Boston College, Pitt, Virginia, Connecticut, UMass and Temple, the Scarlet Knights are currently the stand-out.

“I like Rutgers,” Oliver said Sunday. “They definitely would be my No. 1 school.”

However, it might be a while before Oliver makes his final decision.

“It honestly depends on how this visit goes,” said Oliver. ” I already talked it over with my mom and she basically likes Rutgers.”

N.J.’s top scholastic player commits to Rutgers men’s soccer

New Jersey’s top-rated scholastic player from last fall, Brian Hawkins, has signed his National Letter of Intent to join the Rutgers men’s soccer program for the upcoming season (NJ.com, Feb. 23).

“Brian has the ability to come in and be an impact player for us,” said Dan Donigan, the Scarlet Knights’ sixth-year head coach. “He has great pace, he’s very explosive off the dribble, can finish and score goals. I am expecting him to come into our midfield and/or forward line to help our attack. I feel as though Brian can become a great two-way player for us and his potential is sky high.”

Hawkins scored a school-record 35 goals while recording 11 assists last season for Notre Dame High School. With that performance on the field, the 5-11, 165-pound forward was named NJ.com boys soccer Play of the Year for 2014.

“I chose Rutgers because it gives me the best of both worlds,” Hawkins said in a statement. “I can achieve a great education and play high level soccer at a Big Ten school that is close to home.”

Along with Hawkins, the Scarlet Knights received letters of intent from six other players for the 2015 season.

QB Jarrett Guarantano takes second visit to Rutgers in a week

Jarrett Guarantano, a high school quarterback from Oradell, N.J., took a second visit to Rutgers in just a week’s time when he checked out the campus on Wednesday (NJ.com, Feb. 19).

The Bergen Catholic junior visited the home of the Scarlet Knights with his father, Rutgers Football Hall of Fame wide receiver Jim Guarantano.

While Guarantano has the chance to check out the football facilities in his last visit, this time it was about seeing what the student life would be like.

“The purpose of getting down there today was just giving him an opportunity to see the campus, everything pretty much non-football related,” Jim said. “You know, every time he’s been down there throughout the years, we’ve just pulled into the Hale Center and that’s been it. So he finally said, ‘You know what, it’s time for me to see the dorms, its time for me to see the campus and everything other than the football facilities.’ So thats what today was all about.” To read more of this story, click here