The overall message was Rutgers did a tremendous job in beating Arkansas and improving to 4-0 this season.
"I was really impressed and happy to see the team pull off the win against a SEC team," Metuchen (N.J.) High four-star offensive lineman Dorian Miller said. "I know Arkansas is struggling but it's still a great team with SEC talent."
St. John Vianney (Holmdel, N.J.) receiver Ishmael Hyman, who has Rutgers among his leaders, said the Scarlet Knights showed they are a team to be reckoned with this season.
"It was a much needed win to prove to everybody that they're legit this year," he said. "Both sides of the ball looked great."
Much of recruiting is about perception, and the Scarlet Knights (4-0) won a road game in a hostile environment with quarterback Gary Nova completing 25 of 35 of 397 yards and five touchdowns, and did not turn the ball over.
"I love how the passing game clicked throughout the whole game, feeding those freaks of nature wideouts RU has," said class of 2014 receiver Saeed Blacknall of Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.), who holds a Rutgers offer. "They didn't let the SECC hype stop Rutgers from playing there game, which spoke for itself at the end clearly.
"Oh, and the Rutgers (defense) held their own. They put on a show that kept me on the edge of my seat."
One of the key plays was tight end Paul Carrezola showing very good footwork to score on a 2-yard touchdown pass.
"I watched the game and they didn't stop playing hard," said Carrezola's brother, Luke Carrezola, a class of 2014 tight end from Neshaminy High of Langhorne, Pa. "Very happy to see my brother in the endzone. Impressive win for Rutgers."
Also, class of 2014 defensive tackle Antoine White of Millville (N.J.) High was impressed with what the Scarlet Knights showed in the first meeting between programs.
"I thought the first half was very explosive and it looked very mechanical the way they picked up momentum," White said. "It's nice to see them with such a clean record with so much of the season ahead of them."
Even those recruits who did not watch kept a keen eye on the proceedings.
"GO RUTGERS," texted Ramapo High (Franklin Lakes, N.J.) class of 2014 defensive lineman Jimmy Hogan, who holds a Rutgers offer. "I did not watch it but I kept track on my cell phone. They did amazing."