The homecoming for Rutgers freshman linebacker Elorm Lumor is just as exciting for his former head coach as it is for the newly-enrolled Scarlet Knight.
Before Lumor excelled in a prep season at New Berlin (N.Y.) Milford Academy, he stared at Piscataway (N.J.) High under long-time coach Dan Higgins.
“I’m very happy for him,” Higgins said. “I’m excited for Chris Ash. Chris Ash is a breath of fresh air and for Elorm to be his first signee is great. Piscataway has great history with Rutgers. It makes me really proud that we’ve got another kid over there. I’m excited to get to see him play and watch him play some Big Ten football.”
Lumor joins the Rutgers roster as a speedy linebacker with position versatility. He was equally versatile as a senior in 2014 for Higgins.
“He’s got really good speed and he’s real long,” Higgins said. “He’s a finisher. Obviously in high school, you’re not always playing a guy where he’s a natural fit so we had him play outside rush end. We did a little bit of dropping with him. He was one of the fastest kids on the team.
“When you watch him, you can just see that his game translates to the next level because of his speed. I think what you’ve got is play-making ability. You’ve got a kid that’s really going to chase people around making plays. He’s got an extra gear.”
Lumor flipped to Rutgers from Temple after he returned home from a prep semester at Milford Academy. He held options out of high school but chose a prep route to broaden horizons and strengthen his academic resume.
“He did average in school but like a lot of kids, he wasn’t as serious early in his career,” Higgins said. “Then when he realized he had potential to play, he got serious. As much as we tell these guys over and over again, he really needed to tighten up some grades. It helped him academically but I always thought the extra year was going to be good for him, period. If he had one more year, we’d have every school in the country at this place. Things happen for a reason. It was very good for him.”
Lumor joins a long list of Piscataway Chiefs at Rutgers.
"We're really excited about the whole Rutgers situation being the school that so many of our players went to beforehand – Marvin Booker, Devraun Thompson, Anthony Davis and of course Nadir [Barnwell], which was not great circumstances, Brandon Renkart,” Higgins said. “He knows about the history but he also knows they’re a backyard school. He’s going to be playing right next to where he grew up. Between the history and the location and being a Jersey football player, it’s going to be a really good relationship.”