Pro day hit Piscataway this week with a strong contingent of former Rutgers players trying out in front of NFL teams. All six participants in the NFL Combine returned to Rutgers for workouts and were joined by other NFL hopefuls including Marcus Cooper, Brandon Jones, Scott Vallone and R.J. Dill.
Former quarterback Mike Teel returned to campus this week. Though he is retired after a two-year stint in the NFL, Teel threw at pro day to help out Rutgers receivers in impressing the scouts.
Rutgers beings spring practice March 26 and runs through April to the spring game at the end of the month. Rutgers coach Kyle Flood said the plans are ready for spring practice, which kicks off after players return from spring break.
Rutgers picked up its fifth verbal commitment in Mount Olive (N.J.) offensive lineman Zach Heeman. Heeman visited campus during the week then made his verbal commitment to Flood and his staff the next morning. He is the first offensive line commit in the class of 2014.
It was a busy week for visitors at Rutgers, with offered prospects on campus daily.
The visits kicked off Monday with Dexter (Brookline, Mass.) offensive lineman James Hendren. Hendren visited Rutgers for the first time and told ScarletReport.com it was "incredible." Hendren is slated for multiple visits during his spring break.
Visits capped off Friday when Plant (Fla.) offensive lineman Ray Raulerson went to campus. Raulerson also visited Boston College and Connecticut during his spring break and will visit Kentucky and Louisville before making a decision.
Rutgers offered another 2014 quarterback this week in Canadian-born Michael O'Connor. O'Connor camped at Rutgers as a freshman and is in the process of planning a summer visit back to campus.
The 2012-13 season ended for basketball this week when Rutgers lost to Notre Dame in the second round of the Big East tournament and chose not to pursue CBI and CIT opportunities. Rutgers fell behind by 14 points in the first half against the Fighting Irish but cut the lead to six points before losing 69-61 at Madison Square Garden.
In his final college game, senior forward Austin Johnson scored a career-high 18 points against Notre Dame.
On the women's side of the court, coach C. Vivian Stringer announced that her team would not accept an invitation to the WNIT tournament.