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Dismissed Rutgers redshirt sophomore WR Ahmir Mitchell will transfer.

Mitchell's winding and troubled course through the collegiate ranks continues. The 6-foot-3, 206-pounder was a four-star recruit in Michigan's 2016 class, but opted to transfer out after the Wolverines suspended him prior to the start of his first season in Ann Arbor. He hooked up with Rutgers that August, sat out the 2016 season to satisfy transfer regulations and then went out and tore his ACL last April. As he was in the midst of rehabbing from that injury during the fall, the Scarlet Knights dismissed him from the program for a violation of team rules. He's now been granted release from his scholarship, albeit with a few boilerplate restrictions. Mitchell will not be allowed to transfer within the Big Ten, nor will he be allowed to head off to any one of Kansas, Buffalo or Texas State, all non-conference combatants on Rutgers' 2018 schedule.
May 8 - 2:03 PM

Rams selected Rutgers DT Sebastian Joseph with the No. 195 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Joseph (6'4/305) logged 3.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and 90 total tackles including 14.5 tackles for loss during his tenure at Rutgers. He showed well by running a 4.97 forty at his Pro Day and offers uncommon athleticism for a player of his size. Joseph projects as a run-stopping three-technique in the pros.
Apr 28 - 4:46 PM

olts selected Rutgers DE Kemoko Turay with the No. 52 overall pick in the 2018 NFL draft.

Turay (6’5/253) exploded onto the scene as a 2014 freshman with 7.5 sacks, then managed eight sacks combined over his final three years as he battled recurring shoulder injuries, at least two requiring surgery. PFF College’s charting noted Turay’s pass-rush efficiency declined steadily over his career. Turay blazed 4.65 with a twitchy 6.81 three-cone time at the Combine to remind of his promise, but he remained limited by the shoulder leading up to the draft. A high-end athlete with intriguing edge-rusher tools, Turay’s ability to get his health right will determine his NFL fate.
Apr 27 - 8:35 PM

Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay is taking an official predraft visit to the Philadelphia Eagles on Wednesday.

In addition to the Eagles, the 49ers, Jets and Seahawks are among the teams who have shown interest in Turay during the evaluating season. It's not out of play that the 6-foot-4, 253-pounder could see interest as early as the second round of next week's draft. NFL Media's Lance Zierlein has comped Turay to Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue.
Apr 18 - 2:16 PM

Rutgers pass rusher Kemoko Turay visited the 49ers on Tuesday.

The 49ers invested a ton in their defensive front over the years, but adding a pass rusher on the edge outside of round one is still a need. Turay offers great bend to turn the corner.
Apr 18 - 9:46 AM

Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay is visiting the Jets on Monday.

We aren't sure if this counts as a local visit or one of the allotted 30 each NFL team receives. The Jets have a need for an edge rusher (again) and no longer have a second round pick. With the No. 3 selection likely to be a quarterback, a pass rusher might be the priority in round three.
Apr 16 - 10:55 AM

Rutgers edge rusher Kemoko Turay visited the Seahawks on Thursday.

Turay (6'5/252) is an athletic defensive line prospect, but unfortunately has not been able to show off to any great degree during the evaluating season. That's due to a hamstring injury he sustained during position drills at the NFL Scouting Combine. He was subsequently unable to participate in Rutgers' March pro day, but recently managed to finally test in full beyond the 4.62-second run through the 40-yard dash he posted in Indianapolis prior to the unfortunate hamstring setback. Turay posted to Twitter that he ran the three-cone drill in 6.84 seconds while notching a 34-inch vertical jump, a 118-inch broad jump and a 20-yard shuttle time of 4.24 seconds. He could potentially see some interest as early as the second round later this month.
Apr 12 - 6:40 PM

Rutgers senior LB Trevor Morris will miss Saturday's spring game due to a dislocated elbow.

Morris (6'1/232) dislocated his elbow on the last play of practice this past Saturday. While that sounds painful enough, Scarlet Knights HC Chris Ash said that "[i]t's not a serious thing" and that the senior will need just a few weeks to heal up before he's good to go once more. He's a key cog in Ash's program rebuild, having logged 100-plus tackles each of the last two seasons. For the past campaign, he put up his best overall body of work to date, registering 116 tackles (6.0 for loss) and a pass defensed. Sophomore LB Tyshon Fogg figures to see some extra work in spring-game action this weekend while Morris is on the mend.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 12 - 2:14 PM

WR coach Lester Erb said sophomore WR Bo Melton has "really stepped up his game here in the spring."

Erb continued by saying "The thing about Bo is that he's playing with confidence right now." and "we just have to keep moving him forward to make sure he's keeping on himself to get better every day and he's doing that." A former four-star recruit out of Egg Harbor City, New Jersey, Melton only recorded four receptions for 83 yards his freshman year despite playing in twelve games. He will likely make a much bigger impact in 2018 with WR Janarion Grant graduated.
Apr 11 - 9:09 PM

James Kratch of NJ.com believes that Rutgers freshman Artur Sitkowski could win the starting quarterback job in 2018.

Sitkowski was an early-enroll for the school after flipping his commitment from Miami to Rutgers, and has reportedly looked excellent in spring practices. Scarlet Knights HC Chris Ash won't name a starter early, but the talent is obvious, and if Rutgers wants to see the future of the program start now and deal with some early growing pains, it makes sense for Sitkowski to start under center this fall -- or possibly later in the season.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 7 - 6:37 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein compares Rutgers edge-rusher Kemoko Turay (hamstring) to Jaguars DE Yannick Ngakoue.

Zierlein writes that Turay has "explosive edge defender with the coveted traits of an NFL pass rusher." He didn't put up huge stats while at Rutgers, but anyone who watched the Scarlet Knights play would be able to tell you that he was the best player on their defense. Concerns about his consistency and injuries could push into Day 2, but he could be a steal in either the second-or-third round for any team looking for pass-rushing production.
Source: NFL.com
Mar 19 - 5:58 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that Rutgers edge-rusher Kemoko Turay (hamstring) still isn't at 100 percent.

Rutgers had their pro day on Friday, and Turay (6'5/252) wasn't able to participate during the drills. The edge-rusher ran a 4.62 second 40 at the NFL Scouting Combine, but hurt his hamstring during the on-field drills. The plan is reportedly for Turay to work out for scouts later in the month of March.
Mar 10 - 5:07 PM

Rutgers redshirt junior DB Jawuan Harris -- a two-sport athlete -- has been suspended by the school baseball program for eight games

Harris mans center field for the Scarlet Knights on the diamond. Whatever incident precipitated this suspension does not appear like it will also result in disciplinary action on the football side. On the gridiron, the 5-foot-9, 190-pounder has previously run into trouble, as he was suspended for the 2017 season-opener due to a violation of team rules. Harris -- who moved to defensive back from wide receiver for the most recent campaign -- picked off three passes last year. He projects as a possible early-round pick in Major League Baseball's amateur draft this summer. If that happens, it may well end his football career.
Source: NJ.com
Mar 9 - 4:31 PM

Scarlet Nation reports that Rutgers will hire Temple's Cory Robinson to be the new DB coach.

It was Robinson's first year on staff at Temple, and he helped the Owls have the best pass defense in the AAC in 2017. Prior to that he coached at at Toledo, and he was also an analyst at Maryland.
Feb 18 - 6:12 PM

Rutgers is hiring Indiana DB coach Noah Joseph to work in the same capacity.

Joseph will replace Bill Busch, who left to become the new DB coach at LSU last week. He spent five years with the Hoosiers, and has a strong reputation in the coaching community for his ability to recruit and develop. There's still one opening left on the Rutgers coaching staff.
Source: NJ.com
Feb 16 - 5:10 PM


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