All In: Four More on Board at Rutgers

WOODBURY, N.Y. -- In one of the biggest nights in Rutgers recruiting history, four of the top defensive players in New Jersey announced intentions to sign with Rutgers tomorrow as a part of National Signing Day, and the flurry started with Darius Hamilton's announcement.

WOODBURY, N.Y. -- In a huge moment and coup for new head coach Kyle Flood, three of the top defenders in the Garden State announced plans to sign tomorrow at Rutgers.

Don Bosco (Ramsey, N.J.) defensive lineman Darius Hamilton, Timber Creek (Erial, N.J.) linebacker Quanzell Lambert and Saddle Brook (N.J.) linebacker Steve Longa are all on the way to Rutgers.

"I don't think [it was a coincidence]," Hamilton said. "I think they're great players and great players want to play with other great players. We're going to do something really special down in Piscataway."

Three hours later, Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Julian Pinnix-Odrick came to the same decision, according to head coach John Fiore. Wavering on his commitment and looking at Syracuse and Michigan State, Pinnix-Odrick decided tonight that he wanted to stick with the Scarlet Knights.

"Yes sir," said Fiore when asked if Pinnix-Odrick would sign with Rutgers tomorrow. "[It] will be a great day for Mountie football."

Hamilton, who said he has known for a long time where he wanted to go, said he is ecstatic to join Leonte Carroo and other close friends at Rutgers and that he can't wait to send Flood his lettter first thing tomorrow morning.

Lambert and Longa each verbally committed to Rutgers earlier in the process but waivered after Greg Schiano's departure to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers.

Lambert confirmed via text message that he will sign his National Letter of Intent tomorrow and have a 2:15 ceremony at his school. Longa, holding a ceremony at 1:15 p.m., will do the same after announcing his decision to MSG Varsity during Hamilton's broadcast.

After sleeping on it, Longa said he called Flood and informed him this morning.

"This is great," Longa said. "It shows that we are going to have a great class and we're almost where we want to be, but we still have a few guys we're working on now. We will see. Coach Schiano left but they still have my major, I am still going to take my classes and not miss practice, and it is a place I like."


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