Rutgers begins training camp Aug.1 when players formally report to the Hale Center. Players remain in offseason workout mode for the remainder of July with select players heading to Newport, RI., for American Media Day next week.
With award watch lists formulating, many Rutgers players found themselves among the top projected players at their positions in the county, inclining Jamal Merrell, Kaleb Johnson, Antwan Lowery and Betim Bujari.
Alonso High (Tampa, Fla.) running back Ish Witter will decide Aug. 1 between finalists Rutgers, Syracuse and Missouri. Witter has visits set to Rutgers and Syracuse on July 22 and July 25 respectively.
Scottsdale (Az.) JuCo defensive tackle Calvin Heurtelou now has Rutgers on his radar and hopes to visit this summer. He has a Rutgers offer and is originally from New York.
Archbishop Wood (Pa.) 2015 offensive lineman Ryan Bates recently returned from a visit to Virginia and plans to visit Penn State and Rutgers this summer. Bates played this season with incoming Rutgers freshman Nick Arcidiacono.
Rutgers coach Eddie Jordan spent the Friday scouting players at the NY2LA Summer Jam in Milwaukee. Jordan focused on the team featuring Linden (N.J.) wing Quadri Moore and Immaculata (Somerville, N.J.) guard Wade Baldwin, reported Evan Daniels.
At the Jersey Shore Basketball League, the majority of the Rutgers contingent made its debut Tuesday night. Seven Rutgers players, alongside former Scarlet Knight Quincy Douby, took the court.