The Week that Was

ScarletReport.com's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give ScarletReport.com readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment features Julie Hermann's hire as Rutgers athletic director.

In an effort to make the site even more user-friendly, ScarletReport.com provides a week in review. So much happens here in a week's time, it's possible to miss some of the happenings and news. To make it easier, each Monday "The Week That Was" will be posted to give an update on what transpired. All stories from ScarletReport.com can be accessed through the message boards.

On the Gridiron

The Rutgers executive search committee selected Julie Hermann as its athletic director. The former Louisville associate AD signed a five-year deal worth $450,000 per year to replace Tim Pernetti.

In her introduction as athletic director, Hermann discussed significant focus on improve the RAC and other Rutgers facilities. She also said the Rutgers football will find a way to do more while spending less than Big Ten programs like Michigan and Ohio State.

Rutgers selected Hermann over finalist Sean Frazier of Wisconsin.

The Rutgers football team is off after the conclusion of spring practice and now gets some time away from the field before summer classes and workouts begin the last week of May.

Freshman enrollment begins next week with a handful of incoming freshmen set to arrive. Safety Bryant Gross, tight end Taylor Marini and defensive end Nick Internicola are all set to arrive next week.

In Recruiting

Rutgers hit double digits in verbal commitments when Bullis school (Potomac, Md.) guard Justin Herron made his decision Thursday afternoon. Herron committed after an unofficial visit to Rutgers and held offers from Boston College and Connecticut.

A series of strong defensive prospects named Rutgers in the top group of their schools this week, including Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) safety Daejuan Funderburk, Jensen Beach (Fla.) linebacker Xavier Preston, Coatesville (Pa.) linebacker Tyler Burke and Plant City (Fla.) defensive lineman Sedrick King.

New offers came out of Rutgers to a series of prospects this week, including American Heritage (Plantation, Fla.) defensive lineman Edgar Cerenord and Merion (Pa.) tight end Evan Butts.

Cedar Grove (N.J.) receiver and Rutgers commit David Njoku set school records in the triple jump and high jump, winning two Essex County gold medals.

Southern Regional (Manahawkin, N.J.) tight end Mike Gesicki received an offer from Penn State.

On the Hardwood

Eddie Jordan's 2013 recruiting class continues to grow, receiving a commitment this week from Iowa State transfer Nkereuwem Okoro. Okoro, who goes by Kerwin, has three years and is expected to apply for a waiver to play immediately. Okoro could play shooting guard or small forward.

Three players made it official this week by signing National Letters of Intent – Okoro, guard D'Von Campbell and forward Junior Etou. Jordan told ScarletReport.com he would like to add two more players before the season – a shooter and a center.

22 Feet Academy (Jackson, Ky.) shooting guard Petar Rusic will officially visit Rutgers at the end of the month with the Scarlet Knights showing series interest late in the process. Rusic originally hails from Toronto and has four years of eligibility.


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