Schools lined up across the block for four-star Marques Ford’s services after he parted ways with Tennessee. Rutgers was first in the door, and after finishing second for Ford’s services in the summer, caught its biggest recruiting prize in the 2015 class.
Blessuan Austin is an impressive athlete with prep-school experience and fills a hole at a position of need. The injury-plagued cornerback position gets stronger with Austin’s addition.
Coach Kyle Flood likes Ronnie James to start off as a cornerback and kick returner. James, like his big brother, brings unique athleticism. He can eventually fill multiple special teams roles. He could drop back to safety in subpackages. He has enough offensive experience to warrant a look at receiver or tailback if Rutgers needs help.
Honorable Mentions -- Kamaal Seymour, Jonah Jackson.
Like Dillon Panthers coach Eric Taylor likes to say, you’re a quarterback, you’re a captain. Michael Dare showed an early commitment to Rutgers that never wavered. He is popular among the 2015 class, and already built relationships with 2016 prospects as well.
Honorable Mentions -- Nakia Griffin, Ron’Dell Carter, Marques Ford.
Honorable Mentions -- Marques Ford, Najee Clayton.
Jawuan Harris has the chance to be a lot more than his two-star ranking. He was the most productive receiver on one of the best high school teams in the country, and could be a similar weapon as Rutgers looks for the next step in Big Ten play.
Honorable Mentions -- Isaiah Johnson, Nakia Griffin.
Sidney Gopre is surely a weapon at weak side linebacker, but Rutgers is 0-2 in getting him enrolled. Flood hopes to have him in May, but junior college is another possibility.
Rutgers had the relationships with Juwan Johnson, and wide receiver was perhaps the top need in the class. Losing him early to Penn State hurt, but the three receivers Rutgers added lessen the disappointment.
Best Interview -- DE Ron'Dell Carter
Loves to Text -- TE Nakia Griffin
Best Follow -- CB Jarius Adams
WWE Potential -- OL Manny Taylor
Easy to Root For -- DL Willington Previlon
Best Manners -- TE Anthony Folkerts
Future Coach -- LB Isaiah Johnson
All-Name Team -- CB Blessuan Austin
Toughest to Track Down -- WR Dontae Owens
Get Ready for Bad Puns -- CB Ronnie James, DE Marques Ford, QB Michael Dare
Strangest Recruitment -- OL Jack Shutack
Inevitable Kemoko Turay Comparisons -- OL Manny Taylor
Future Media Favorite -- S Najee Clayton
Future Message Board Favorite -- RB Charles Snorweah
Most Overused in Opponent Lookalike Threads -- DE Marques Ford
Most Desired Companion in Zombie Apocalypse -- OL Zach Venesky
Get this Man a Fat Sandwich -- DL Kamaal Seymour, DL Willington Previlon