17 in 17: DE Kemoko Turay

Rutgers football has 17 signed freshmen in various stages of the enrollment process. Continuing our 17-in-17 series, today ScarletReport.com looks at Barringer (Newark, N.J.) defensive end Kemoko Turay.

Barringer (Newark, N.J.) defensive end Kemoko Turay committed to Rutgers early in the process, knowing that he had a lot of work to do to enroll on time.

Now three weeks away from enrollment, Turay said he has the SAT score and grades required to join the program for training camp and begin his college journey.

"I have my situation under control and I have the opportunity now to go straight to Rutgers," Turay said. "Knowing that I'm going to go straight to Rutgers, that's been my goal. I'm really proud of it."

Turay played for Barringer as a senior, but attended Newark Tech for his academics. Working hard in the classroom, Turay said that his teachers and the Rutgers staff helped him make significant improvements as a senior.

"It's been a lot of work to get to where I am now," Turay said. "I was very tired by it, but it is worth it. I'm very excited to play for [coach Kyle Flood]. I have that opportunity right now and I want to show my ability to the coaches."

The 6-foot-4 three-star prospect called his Rutgers commitment a "dream come true" after making his decision last summer. Now three weeks away from moving in to his dorm in Piscataway, N.J., Turay is even more excited about his chance to attend college.

"Getting an education is the first thing," Turay said. "Using my talent and working hard and doing what I've been doing. First thing is first, though. I want to do my schoolwork and help Rutgers."

Turay said his main focus is now in the gym. Currently 216 pounds, he is up almost 15 pounds from when he camped at Rutgers last year and needs to get bigger before competing for playing time.

"The coaches told me to work harder," he said. "Go get into weight rooms and gain weight. They want me to eat a lot and get bigger. I'm excited about meeting the players and getting a chance to go out there and show my talent. I want to get better – gain weight and get better."


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