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Rutgers lands Miami running back transfer Gus Edwards

Former Tottenville (N.Y.) High running back Gus Edwards is transferring from Miami to Rutgers.

Gus Edwards, the running back from Miami, is transferring to Rutgers.

Edwards' former high school coach told Scout the big-bodied running back is graduating in May and will be on the Rutgers campus in June. He is expected to compete immediately for playing time.

"This gives Rutgers a dude," said Jim Munson, who coached Edwards at Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville High. "He's got a lot of running left in him. They didn't wear him out at Miami. He's still got a lot of carries left in that big body."

The 6-foot-2, 230-pound Edwards chose Rutgers over Oklahoma State. Syracuse and Pittsburgh were other potential destinations but the Hurricanes blocked Syracuse and Pittsburgh as both were on the schedule for the Hurricanes. Rutgers recently canceled a series with Miami in favor of a home-and-home with Boston College.

"It's a little bit closer to home, he liked the competition of playing in the Big Ten," Munson said. "He liked the opportunity to come in and challenge for playing time. He met (offensive coordinator Jerry) Kill and coach (Chris) Ash, (assistant) coach (Bill) Busch, the strength and conditioning coach, the running backs coach (Lester Erb), and he felt comfortable with those guys.

"He liked the plan they had and he wants to compete at the highest level."

The former Scout three-star prospect and top New York running back ran for 977 yards and 12 touchdowns through three seasons with Miami. Edwards played every game as a true freshman for the Hurricanes. He red-shirted in 2015 after a training camp injury to his foot.

Edwards makes three graduate transfers for Ash in his second offseason with Rutgers. Damon Mitchell joined the roster in January from Arkansas. Punter Ryan Anderson signed on after an All-American season at the Division III level, and joins the program in May.

"He liked their message, he felt comfortable, he liked coach Kill and what his offense is going to be," Munson said. "It's very good. It's a very good situation. Their is a trust that has been developed."

As a graduate transfer, Edwards is immediately eligible for Rutgers after he completes coursework this semester at Miami.

Edwards joins a veteran tailback room that includes Josh Hicks and Robert Martin.

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