Rutgers gets three commits in 24 hours

Rutgers picked up three commitments in the span of 24 hours from Friday to Saturday getting commits from Deonte Roberts, Job Bateky and Willington Previlon.

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Roberts was the first and is a 6-2, 205-pound linebacker out of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn.

Poolesville High (Md.) DE Jon Bateky pledged to the Scarlet Knights also on Saturday.  Bateky had offers from West Virginia, Boston College and Virginia Tech and is a 6-4, 250-pound athlete.

The last commit was Orange, New Jersey DL Willington Previlon, a 6-5, 230-pound athlete.

Shaq Doorson to Rutgers

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Shaq is headed to Rutgers.

No, not that Shaq.

Shaquille Doorson, a 6-foot-11, 265-pound center from Holland and the Canarias Basketball Academy, committed to Rutgers, sources confirmed to

Doorson previously committed to Pittsburgh in November.

“He’s 6-foot 11, 265 pounds, he’s a big human being,” CBA coach Rob Orellana told then. “He’s only been playing for two and a half years. He’s an unbelievable runner North and South. He has great hands. He’s a hard-worker. He just doesn’t know the game right now, he doesn’t understand the physicality of the game right now. He doesn’t understand the concepts right now. It’s going to take time.

“He has an unbelievably huge body. For a kid his age, he’s chiseled.”

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Why the B1G added Rutgers

Rutgers and Maryland’s addition to the B1g are for a lot of reasons. The No. 1 reason? Demographics.

The population centers of B1G schools is moving South and West and commissioner Jim Delaney had to expand the territory out of the Rust Belt writes Sports Illustrated’s Stewart Mandel:

“It has been 19 months since the nation’s oldest conference stunned both its fans and the industry by extending invites to football afterthoughts Maryland and Rutgers. As their July 1 arrival draws near, Big Ten commissioner and South Orange, N.J., native Jim Delany has been building bridges to the East. In May he held press conferences on consecutive days in New York City and Washington, first to trumpet a new basketball series with the Big East starting in 2015, then to announce that the conference tournament — always held in Indianapolis or Chicago — will relocate to D.C. in 2017. The Chicago-based conference has opened a second office in Manhattan. “We’re a two-region conference now,” he says. “We’re not going to visit the East. We’re going to live in the East.”

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Geico SportsNite: Kyle Flood

SNY’s Chris Carlin interviews Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood about The Golf Classic, entering the Big Ten, and preparing for the season >>

LeGrand’s Walk to Believe teams with Special Olympics

Former Rutgers player Eric LeGrand has a busy Saturday morning with his fourth Walk to Believe on Saturday morning. The walk also was a sendoff for the New Jersey Special Olympics team.   The Walk, in its fourth year, has raised over $50,000 for spinal cord injury research.

For a full recap about the visit read the story from Tom Lucci at



Report: Former LSU QB Hayden Rettig transferring to Rutgers

Former LSU QB Hayden Rettig, who has been searching for a landing spot, has apparently agreed to transfer to Rutgers (Feldman, June 12).

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Rettig will be forced to sit out the entire 2014 season.

Rettig, 20, red-shirted as a freshman for LSU in 2013. He was one of the most highly sought after and heavily recruited QB’s in the 2013 class, but was not in position to start at LSU.

After he sits out the 2014 season, Rettig will be permitted to play three seasons – presumably for Rutgers.

RU men’s basketball announces home opponents

Rutgers’ men’s basketball will play home games against Wisconsin, Michigan State, Michigan and Ohio State during the 2014-15 season.

RU will open their season with George Washington on November 16. The team will play local opponents like Farleigh Dickinson, St. Francis (NY) and St. Peter’s in November.

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News: In case you missed it…

Rutgers fans are snatching up tickets for the 2014 season, the school’s first in the B1G. Rutgers has a target of 27,000 season tickets and is currently over 25,000.  (

The Star-Ledger takes a look at the last four Rutgers recruiting classes. >>> Read more at 

Want to go to Disney World but can’t? Rutgers AD Julie Herman said Rutgers’ football experience will be like Disney World. (

News: In case you missed it…

Rutgers offered Billy Bahl, a strong-armed quarterback from Woodstock, Illinois, a scholarship. Rutgers already has one QB commit for 2015, but is looking for a second. >>> Read more at

Rutgers players and head coach Kyle Flood volunteered at the opening of the Special Olympics at College of New Jersey on Friday. >>>Read more at 

Ray Rice’s attorney: running back ‘hypothetically’ defending himself

Former Rutgers star and Baltimore Ravens’ running back Ray Rice “hypothetically” may have been defending himself in an incident that led to assault charges in February, according to Rice’s attorney Michael Diamondstein (, May 26).

Rice, who was caught dragging his unconscious fiancee off an Atlantic City casino elevator in February, did not take questions from the media and did not provide further details in his apology on Friday.

In an interview on ESPN Radio in New Jersey, Diamondstein indicated that it is victim Janay Palmer – Ray’s now wife – who may be responsible.

“This is just a complete hypothetical. Let’s assume for the sake of argument, rather than enter into the pretrial diversionary program that he entered into, we hypothetically move forward on the case. And hypothetically we litigate 100 motions and the video comes out and the video shows — hypothetically speaking now, hypothetically speaking — shows that Ray wasn’t the first person that hit and Ray was getting repeatedly hit but just Ray hit harder, fired one back and hit harder.

“Hypothetically speaking, and he gets found not guilty. Is that result somehow better? Is it better for the public? Is it better for the Ravens? Is it better for Ray? Is it better for Janay?”

Rice accepted a pretrial diversionary program rather than to go to trial to avoid having to point fingers at his wife – though it did require the release of the video tape of what happened in the elevator.

Though Rice avoided jail time with the deal, he does face a likely suspension from the NFL.

“I don’t think the fact that he entered into a pretrial diversionary program should be something that anybody looks at negatively,” Diamondstein said. “There was an issue between him and his wife that night; he’s accepted responsibility for his role in it. He’s a good person. He’s a good player.”