Rutgers continues to work to rebuilds its secondary, and for the second time in a week added a defensive back to its 2018 class.
Jarrett Paul, a cornerback at Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knights moments ago.
"It's family, it's close to home and my family can come watch me play, and my friends can come watch me play," said the 6-foot-1, 189-pound Paul, who transferred from New York City's Christ The King. "It was how they are recruiting the New York and New Jersey area very well. I would like to go to school with people I can relate to, and people I'm comfortable with, and I just really like how coach (Chris) Ash specializes in defensive backs.
"I want to play for a head coach who really knows what he is doing when it comes to the secondary. They offered me and really stayed on me, and they let me know they really need depth at corner."
Rutgers recruited Paul to play cornerback, and his size and physical style is what Ash wants.
"They like my long arms, long legs and my length," Paul said. "I like to press. When they offered me, they saw on my film my line of scrimmage skills. They like how I stay square at the line, how I can press and get my arms out. They want me to work with (assistant) coach (Henry) Baker and fall into the scheme."
However, rather than experience a protracted recruitment, Paul found a home and decided to jump at the chance to play at Rutgers.
"I like that coach Ash has a vision. He has goals for the program," he said. "He is showing everyone how he is changing the program. He is bringing accountability to the players. They are working real hard, and I can see the players believe in it. That's a really big deal. If the players are believing in it, it makes it easier for you to want to commit there, to go to the school and join the family."
Paul likes how Rutgers plays a lot of young guys in the secondary.
"They said I could come in there, and if I'm ready, they're going to need the younger guys to play," Paul said. "They were showing me examples like when Blessuan Austin went there, he played at a freshman. Isaiah Wharton, he played as a freshman. Damon Hayes came in and got all-Big Ten honorable mention as a freshman. They showed me examples of guys."