Rutgers has a big weekend in store despite an off week on the field. As fans settle in for a fun weekend of championship games, there is no rest for the Scarlet Knight coaching staff that racked up thousands of miles over the last week.
The Scarlet Knights have a closed practice planned for Saturday, which allows official visit Malik Cuellar to see them in action during his official visit. The San Francisco City College offensive lineman told Scout that he will be at Rutgers this weekend.
Cuellar also plans a Miami visit before a decision.
Rutgers has four other key official visitors set after a week on the road.
Riverside (Calif.) Community College receiver Isaac Whitney signs a National Letter of Intent Dec. 18, he told Scout. Rutgers hosts the four-star prospect – also considering USC, Washington State, Arizona State and Florida – mid-week next week after a visit from receivers coach Ben McDaniels.
Philadelphia George Washington three-star defensive end Shareef Miller set an official visit starting Dec. 12 for Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights were Miller’s first offer, and a handful of already committed prospects join him during the weekend.
Head coach Kyle Flood hosts two Florida prospects committed elsewhere come January. Both wide receivers, Rutgers hosts Jacksonville (Fla.) Trinity Christian receiver Chris Barr – committed to Utah – and Fort Lauderdale (Fla.) St. Thomas Aquinas receiver Jawuan Harris – committed to FAU.
State championship weekend kicks off Friday at MetLife Stadium where Rutgers will be out in full force. With Paramus (N.J.) Catholic 2016 five-star defensive tackle Rashan Gary as the top prize, Flood and many staff members head to East Rutherford, N.J.
South Brunswick and Manalapan face off Saturday morning at High Point Solutions Stadium, where the Rutgers staff has an easy commute. Syracuse running back commit Dontae Strickland and Rutgers commit Mohamed Jabbie play for South Brunswick.
The NJSIAA moved Wayne (N.J.) DePaul’s championship game from Kean to Rutgers, which also allows the staff to see 2016 five-star running back Kareem Walker, receiver Hasise Dubois and defensive end Quayshon Alexander.
Saturday includes a visit to see Pennsbury (N.J.) and running back commit Charles Snorweah in the finals. Snorweah’s insane playoff run includes a 429-yard, seven-touchdown showing in the first round.
Flood caps off a busy weekend with a trip south to see Erial (N.J.) Timber Creek before a planned Sunday night bowl press conference in Piscataway.
Flood spent part of the off week in West Hartford, Conn., at Kingswood Oxford. Class of 2016 quarterback Jacob Hallenbeck unofficially visited Rutgers this season and holds a UNC offer. Kingswood Oxford has two other 2016 prospects in linebacker Koby Quansah and receiver Isaiah Wright.
Preferred walk-on recruiting heats up in December, and there are a few offered prospects to watch. The Scarlet Knights have preferred walk-on offers out to Bergenfield (N.J.) receiver D.J. Haskins, Manalapan (N.J.) kicker Michael Caggiano, Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic punter John Bowers, Beekmantown (N.Y.) offensive lineman Chris Rowell and Piscataway (N.J.) safety Isaiah Ross.
National recruiting analyst Brian Dohn contributed to this report.