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Rutgers received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 RB Isaih Pacheco.

Pacheco (5'10/192) plays quarterback at Vineland Senior High School South (New Jersey), but projects as a running back for the collegiate level. Scout.com's Brian Dohn writes that he "has quick feet, accelerates well and runs with balance." The analyst does not believe it will take much work for Pacheco -- the outlet's No. 9 running back recruit in the East region -- to get up to speed once he officially moves from quarterback.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 22 - 6:57 PM

Rutgers received a verbal commitment from three-star 2018 LB Zihir Lacewell.

"He will need to add strength to play the position at the college level, but once he gets there he can be dominant," writes Scout.com's Brian Dohn, who adds that the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder "possesses great burst." Lacewell ranks as the outlet's No. 254 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle. He opted for Rutgers over offers from Indiana, Pittsburgh, Syracuse and Maryland, among others.
Source: Scout.com
Jun 16 - 8:45 PM

Rutgers junior LB Ronnie James has retired due to concussion concerns.

"I was recently given bad news that I can no longer play football," James wrote on social media. "It's not sit out a year and try again or anything of the sort. I have suffered from too many concussions to play the sport that I love." The 6-foot, 215-pounder -- a three-star recruit out of high school -- began his career as a cornerback before shifting to linebacker. He ultimately appeared in eight games during his career with the Scarlet Knights. Per NJ.com's Ryan Dunleavy, James will be able to stay on scholarship with a medical redshirt as he finishes up his education.
Source: NJ.com
Jun 8 - 9:58 PM

Minnesota senior K Andrew Harte transferred to Rutgers as a graduate.

Over his career with the Gophers, Harte attempted one extra point and three onside kicks. He didn’t appear in any games last year. As a grad, he has immediate eligibility with the Scarlet Knights.
May 31 - 1:34 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior QB Zach Allen will not undergo surgery on his torn ACL.

Allen tore his ACL in drill work during the Scarlet Knights' final week of spring practice. Rather than undergo surgery, he will rehab the knee with the hope of being able to return to the fray after the start of the 2017 season. Said HC Chris Ash, "We want Zach to do what's best for him." The 6-foot-3, 220-pounder transferred over from TCU last summer. He saw the field in two games during the past campaign, completing just 1-of-12 passes in his limited playing time.
Source: NJ.com
May 2 - 9:22 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior WR Janarion Grant (ankle) will not take part in the team's spring game on Saturday.

Grant has been working individual drills and running routes this spring, but he has not been participating in 11-on-11 play. The dynamic 5-foot-10, 180-pounder continues to work his way back from a broken ankle suffered four games into the 2016 campaign. "I'm really focusing on my flexibility and pain tolerance to see how hard I can go with whatever I'm doing, whether it be with wide receiver individual drills or just catching balls," Grant said of his spring. The redshirt senior recorded 1,935 total yards between receptions, rushing and returns during a healthy 2015 campaign.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 21 - 7:23 PM

The Arizona Cardinals will host Rutgers WR Carlton Agudosi for a private workout on April 23.

Agudosi previously attended the local prospect days of the Jets and Giants. The 6-foot-5, 217-pounder has an ideal frame but is lacking in athleticism and production. He ran a 4.61s forty at his pro day workout and caught only 35 balls over his entire collegiate career.
Apr 16 - 11:54 AM

Rutgers dismissed sophomore QB Tylin Oden for a violation of team rules.

No further explanation for Oden's boot from the team was given. A three-star dual-threat recruit for the 2016 cycle, the 6-foot-5, 192-pounder appeared in six games this past season, rushing for 144 yards on 39 carries in that space. He did far less in the passing game, attempting just eight tosses. Oden was expected to be a factor in the quarterbacking competition this offseason, but his departure does not rock the boat much, as Giovanni Rescigno remains the favorite to win the 2017 starting gig.
Source: ESPN.com
Apr 4 - 8:12 PM

Rutgers redshirt freshman WR Ahmir Mitchell tore his ACL during practice this weekend.

The injury was apparently suffered on a non-contact play. The hope here is that Mitchell, a Michigan transfer who sat out the 2016 season due to NCAA regulations, will be able to take the field at some point during the 2017 campaign. That is far from a given, though, and there is no timetable for the 6-foot-3, 206-pounder's return at this early juncture. His availability for the coming campaign should receive more clarity as he spends the summer recovering. Mitchell was a four-star recruit for the 2016 cycle.
Source: NJ.com
Apr 4 - 4:39 PM

Rutgers redshirt senior WR Janarion Grant (ankle) participated in the Scarlet Knights' first spring practice on a limited basis.

Grant is being limited to running straight-line routes and fielding punts, as Rutgers won't be pushing him this spring, not after he broke his ankle in the fourth game of the 2016 season and missed the rest of the subsequent campaign. Said HC Chris Ash, "The fact that he can get out and do anything right now, with running some routes and catching some balls, is a benefit to him and to us...We're not going to put him in position to get injured." During a healthy 2015 season, the 5-foot-10, 180-pound Swiss Army Knife accumulated 1,935 yards between returns, receiving and rushing.
Source: nj.com
Mar 23 - 7:36 PM

Miami graduate RB Gus Edwards transferred to Rutgers.

Edwards announced his intention to move on from Miami back in January, in the hopes that he could move closer to his newborn son on the East Coast. After sorting through his options, he has opted to finish out his collegiate career with the Scarlet Knights. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder will be eligible to play immediately as a graduate transfer come the start of the 2017 campaign. This past season, Edwards finished as Miami's third-leading rusher with 290 yards (4.9 YPC).
Feb 28 - 12:16 PM

Uncommitted three-star 2018 LB Zihir Lacewell visited Rutgers on Thursday.

Lacewell had actually been hoping to make it out to Rutgers' junior day last weekend, but could not make that one. Hence the midweek visit. "They said [I could play] as a receiver, and then I could play safety my second year. I'm going to continue playing receiver and try to play both ways," said the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder. While Rivals views him as a three-star prospect at this juncture, Scout.com tosses him an additional star and slots him into their 2018 master list at No. 244 overall prospect. Indiana and Maryland are also among the teams circling Lacewell for a potential pledge. The Terrapins are hoping to schedule an offseason visit with him in the coming weeks.
Source: Scout.com
Feb 24 - 4:12 PM

Rutgers HC Chris Ash compared freshman QB Johnathan Lewis to former Ohio State QB Cardale Jones.

Cardale has about 30 pounds on the 6-foot-4, 220-pound Lewis, so it isn't exactly an apples-to-apples comparison (granted, Lewis is just a fledgling Scarlet Knight), but Ash sees similarities in the strong-armed mobility possessed by both men. Bleacher Report called Lewis "Cardale 2.0" over the summer, too. Rivals ranked the three-star gunslinger as their No. 15 dual-threat quarterbacking prospect in the 2017 class.
Source: Land of 10
Feb 10 - 8:04 PM

Rutgers signed four-star 2017 T Micah Clark.

Clark opted in with Rutgers last April and took an official visit to the Scarlet Knights in early December. Rivals ranks the New Jersey native as the No. 178 overall prospect in the 2017 class. Over at ESPN, it is noted that the 6-foot-5, 260-pounder is a "[f]luid athlete with an excellent first step, quick feet and the agility to play in space." The outlet refers to him as "[v]ery explosive at the point of attack" and an asset in the running game. They do not rule out the possibility that he shifts to the defensive line at some point in his career.
Feb 7 - 8:35 PM

Rutgers signed three-star RB Raheem Blackshear.

The Scarlet Knights successfully completed the flip of the one-time commit to Temple and Michigan State. The 5-foot-10, 170-pound Blackshear believes he'll give Rutgers another much-needed play-maker. "I felt like I could be used like a Janarion Grant. I feel like we're in the same image," Blackshear said. "I feel like I'll be able to contribute to the team early and just get there and be the best I could be."
Source: Scout.com
Feb 1 - 4:39 PM


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