Nadir Barnwell addressed his academic eligibility, but he did not have much to say.
Scout reported likely ineligibility for Barnwell earlier in late May, but coach Kyle Flood said there is a chance summer classes changed the situation.
Barnwell echoed those statements in his first interview since spring football.
“I really don’t know, I did all of my work,” Barnwell said. “All of my work has been submitted. I’m waiting for my grades to come back to be honest with you.”
Barnwell did not get specific about his academic eligibility.
“Right now, I really can’t comment on that,” Barnwell said. “Right now I’m focusing on myself and getting my body right. I’m taking it day by day.”
He deferred to Flood when asked for a timetable on a final decision.
“You’re going to have to talk to coach Flood about that one,” Barnwell said. “That’s really all I know right now.”
Without Barnwell, Rutgers likely enters the season with a sophomore, a red-shirt freshman and a true freshman as the main contributors.
“For the freshmen that play, it’s always rough for anybody,” said Barnwell, who started as a true freshman. “The first thing they have to do is get experience under those lights and learn how to play with all of the fans cheering and against another opponent. When they finally get the first game out of the way, they’ll be fin.”