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Of his National Signing Day flip from Louisiana Tech to Rutgers, three-star DT Julius Turner said, "I fell in love when I went down there."

Said Turner, "With the coaching staff, what they constantly bring to work. The players I hung with, man. Everything was good. Also, the academics, plus the Big Ten conference, so it's really nice." The 6-foot-2, 275-pounder out of Meridian, Mississippi, indicated that an additional lure came when he was told he would be able to compete for playing time immediately. That Turner didn't even make an official visit to the Scarlet Knights until the weekend before National Signing Day makes Rutgers' successful flip all the more impressive.
Source: nj.com
Feb 8 - 10:51 PM

In his most recent mock draft, Pro Football Focus analyst Steve Palazzolo slotted Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo to the Los Angeles Rams at pick No. 15.

Carroo caught 39 passes for 808 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015, despite only playing in eight games. Only eight because an ankle injury limited him late in the season while suspensions limited him early. We think Palazzolo's logic of Carroo to the Rams makes sense on a theoretical level. They've already shown that they're willing to take on players with character risks, as in the past when they drafted Janoris Jenkins and Alec Ogletree. And they need a wide receiver, as their corps combined to total just a few more catches than Julio Jones did last season. The only real issue is that their most pressing need would be quarterback and in Palazzolo's mock, Carson Wentz slides all the way to No. 20. It's difficult to see the Rams would pass on the North Dakota State gunslinger if he's still available.
Feb 7 - 5:11 PM

ESPN's Kevin Weidl is a "fan" of Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo's game.

Weidl rattled off a number of buzzwords as reasons for his appreciation for Carroo's ability. "Polished route runner who uses tempo well... Strong, physical and plays big in traffic... Great hands." Carroo was a super productive player when on the field, accounting for 10 touchdowns on just 39 catches in 2015. His season was cut short due to a suspension and injury.
Feb 5 - 10:10 AM

Michigan graduate CB Ross Taylor-Douglas transferred to Rutgers.

Taylor-Douglas is eligible to play immediately and actually retains two seasons of eligibility. He is a former four-star recruit, rated as the No. 22 cornerback in the country. Taylor-Douglas played in 16 career games at Michigan, but never did take a snap at CB. He did have 10 carries for 18 yards last season. Taylor-Douglas will play corner for Rutgers. "I’m completely, 100 percent comfortable because of the way Coach [Chris] Ash plays defense," Taylor-Douglas said. "That’s how I know to play corner and that’s why I chose to come to Rutgers."
Feb 1 - 6:57 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo has been answering questions about an assault charge this fall that was later dropped.

Carroo was accused of slamming a woman onto the concrete outside Rutgers' Stadium after a September loss to Washington State. "With what happened this past season, this is a way for me to show scouts what type of character I have and let them know that all that stuff is in the past. Everything got dismissed and I'm able to focus on football now," Carroo said. "It's a chance to clear up any doubts they might've had and let them know I am a good kid." Carroo had to withdraw from the game due to an ankle injury.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 28 - 6:42 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo (ankle) pulled out of the Senior Bowl.

Unfortunately, Carroo was not able to even answer durability questions this week. He reaggravated the injury that cost him two games last season by rolling his ankle during Wednesday's practice. Carroo's size is also a question after he measured in to the Senior Bowl at just 5-foot-11 7/8 (though, to be fair, he was a "chiseled" 217 pounds). Lastly, his character will be scrutinized as we move through the process because of last fall's arrest that resulted in a two-game suspension. Carroo will head back to IMG Academy in Bradenton, Fla., to rehab and continue preparing for the combine, where he hopes to blaze the tracks.
Source: NJ.com
Jan 28 - 2:08 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo measured in to the Senior Bowl at just 5-foot-11 7/8.

Ouch. Rutgers listed Carroo at 6-foot-1. Not the best start for a prospect who predicted he would "crush the Senior Bowl." All that said, Carroo is a big-time playmaker on the perimeter who figures to impress on the practice field. Carroo missed over a third of the season because of injuries and suspension but recorded 39 catches, 809 yards and 10 touchdowns in 2015.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 5:07 PM

A blizzard prevented Rutgers LB Steve Longa from traveling to the Senior Bowl to speak with scouts.

Longa, who opted to forgo his senior year and enter the NFL a year early, is writing a running draft diary on NJ.com. In it, he explains that he's being helped in preparation for the NFL by former Jets linebacker Bart Scott. "He said he wants me to be my own coach, to be honest with myself," Longa said. "He gave me some stuff to look at, like how long it takes me to take each step when the ball is snapped. He asked me how fast is your read? How many times do you get tangled up with an offensive lineman? So I had to answer those questions and I had to be honest with myself."
Source: NJ.com
Jan 26 - 4:40 PM

Rutgers hired Purdue RB coach Jafar Williams to serve in the same capacity.

Prior to accepting the Rutgers job, Williams had been Purdue's RB coach for each of the last three seasons. His other coaching stops saw him with Kent State, Northwestern, Howard, Illinois State and Moravian. With the hire, HC Chris Ash has now compiled his complete staff for the 2016 campaign.
Source: FOX Sports
Jan 21 - 9:05 PM

Former Ravens RB Ray Rice will be a RB coach at the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl on Saturday.

Rice has been out of football since 2014, when allegations of domestic violence and a subsequent video of the incident led to his release from the Ravens. He's working to rebuild his reputation and will join Priest Holmes in helping Mike Martz coach the National team during Saturday's NFLPA Collegiate Bowl. In a December interview with ESPN, the former Rutgers star indicated that he wants to "spread all of [his] experiences to help other people, to make them understand that domestic violence is not OK, not even one time." He specifically mentioned that he wants to talk to players out of college and NFL rookies to help keep them on the straight-and-narrow.
Source: SB Nation
Jan 19 - 6:40 PM

Rutgers WR Leonte Carroo says "I’ll crush the Senior Bowl."

"I’ll bring a relentless, hard-working attitude to the NFL with a playing style that’s dynamic and will fit into any teams’ scheme and do my job and do what the coaches ask me to do," Carroo said. "[At the Senior Bowl I will] show the scouts how physical and fast I am as a wide receiver along with my knowledge of the game and understanding of defenses. I want to show how quick I am and learn and pick up on the offenses." The 6-foot, 210-pounder recorded 39 catches, 809 yards and 10 touchdowns last season, leading the Big Ten in touchdown receptions despite missing over a third of the season to injuries and suspensions. Carroo had four offensive coordinators in four years of college. "I had a lot of languages to catch onto," he said. "Going through the coaching changes and trying to build relationships within one year definitely helps me for the NFL. You’ve got to be ready to be coached by anyone. I’m willing to take coaching."
Jan 18 - 4:14 PM

Rutgers junior LB Steve Longa has decided to forgo his senior year, and will enter the NFL Draft.

The Rutgers tackling machine has recorded 342 career tackles, ranking eighth in Scarlet Knights' history, The 6-foot-1, 228-pound Longa has posted three straight 100-plus tackle seasons, while starting 37-of-38 career games for Rutgers. Longa,is currently only two semesters away from earning his economics degree.
Source: NJ.com
Tue, Dec 22, 2015 03:51:00 PM

Rutgers senior T Keith Lumpkin accepted an invite to attend the East-West Shrine Game.

Lumpkin was a bit of a disappointment at Rutgers, but that's probably not being fair to him because much of the expectations heaped on him were based on size, not skill. The 6-foot-8, 310-pounder is a long-time starter, so he has that going for him. TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline calls Lumpkin a possible street free agent.
Wed, Dec 9, 2015 04:03:00 PM

Multiple news outlets are reporting that Rutgers will hire Ohio State co-defensive coordinator/safeties coach Chris Ash.

Just as Maryland did, Rutgers tabs an up-and-coming hotshot assistant from a division rival. Pending approval by Rutgers’ board of governors, NJ.com reports that the 42-year-old Ash will be introduced on Monday. In conjunction with co-DC Luke Fickell, Ash ran an aggressive scheme that focused firstly on disrupting opponents' passing attacks. Ash, a native of Ottumwa, Iowa, was behind OSU's switch to rugby-style tackling, which helped clean up a unit previously susceptible to yards after contact.
Sat, Dec 5, 2015 03:07:00 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior OLB Quentin Gause accepted an invite to the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl.

Gause started all 12 games at strong-side linebacker for Rutgers this year and was a team captain. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder finished second on the team with 96 tackles this year and led the Scarlet Knights with 12 TFL.
Source: NFLPA Bowl
Thu, Dec 3, 2015 03:29:00 PM


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