Welcome to National Signing Day! As players send their National Letters of Intent to play for coach Chris Ash, Scarlet Report brings you a deeper look at the official new members of the program. Scarlet Report premium members can receive the latest information on Signing Day INSIDE.
Officially Signed At -- Jan. 15
Chose Rutgers Over Indiana, Mississippi State, North Carolina
Scout Analysis " Pollock isn't always the biggest linebacker on the field, but he's a kid that's always willing to get his nose dirty and take on blocks in the trenches. This Orlando native has great leadership qualities, and really did a nice job of putting his recruiting cap on and selling the Rutgers brand. Pollock is a smart, instinctive kid that does a good job of holding his ground and disengaging off blocks to find the football. Tough kid and one you really want in your locker room.” Corey Bender
Quoteable: “I can’t wait to strap on the helmet and go hit somebody. The culture is changing now. It’s a different atmosphere. The first thing he said when he walked in the door was that I love to hit and he can see that on film. For a guy who can explain how he’s going to change everything and the defense and how everything is going to change. I’m fired up to play for that guy.”
Officially Signed At -- Jan. 16
Chose Rutgers Over Cincinnati, Indiana, Louisville, Wake Forest
Scout Analysis “Sneed is a prospect that possesses impressive vision, footwork and cutback ability for the running back position. Sneed, 5-foot-11, 200 pounds, is a shifty runner that does a good job of setting up defenders in the open field as well. Tough, hard-nosed runner that breaks through initial contact and wimpy arm tackles.” Corey Bender
Quoteable: “When you talk to [Ash], you can tell he knows exactly what he wants to do with the program and how he’s going to do it. He’s turned programs around before. He knows exactly what he’s doing. He’s completely honest. He won’t beat around the bush. He gave it to me straight. He told me what and he told me why.”
Officially Signed At -- Jan. 17
Chose Rutgers Over Syracuse, Buffalo, Army
Scout Analysis “They’re getting a great kid, a smart kid, a kid who plays hard. He lines up at outside linebacker, he spends a lot of time blitzing and getting into the backfield coming off the edge. He also plays to the whistle.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “He knows what it takes to get the program turned around and I'm pretty confident in what he'll bring to the table.”
Officially Signed At -- Jan. 17
Chose Rutgers Over Temple
Scout Analysis “He is the exact type of player Ash looks for in terms of length and position versatility, his ability to get up the field in a hurry. He’s got a lot of growth with his frame. The potential is there for him to go up to 240, 250 pounds.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: Anthony Davis once had a quote where he said, ‘if you have a chance to play for your home town and you don’t, then I don’t know what’s wrong with you.’ I got that chance and I’m taking it.”
Officially Signed At -- 7:51 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over No others offers when he committed.
Scout Analysis “He has good instincts. He’s a dependable receiver and is at his best when running short and intermediate routes. He got markedly thicker and stronger since his junior season and showed more quickness getting off the line of scrimmage for him.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “I have this [weight] off my chest and I’m proud to say that I’m going to be a future Rutgers Scarlet Knight. I’m thankful and blessed right now. I thank my parents. I thank everybody that helped me make this decision. I just want to appreciate every single moment from here.”
Officially Signed At -- 7:52 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Maine, Monmouth, Wagner
Scout Analysis “There’s a reason the Scarlet Knights looked at him and moved on him. … He is not polished but certainly a lot to work with and when it comes to developing his talent, you can see why Rutgers decided to move on him late.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “It’s awesome to know I have a chance to represent New Jersey where I grew up. Seeing all of the talent leave the state, it’s hard to see. Getting a chance to represent it, I’m excited. It’s a great opportunity.”
Officially Signed At -- 7:51 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Connecticut, Purdue
Scout Analysis “In Lonsdorf, Rutgers is getting a kid that needs to develop a little bit more on the physical side, but he fires off the ball well and he is aggressive. He bends his knees and he;s able to stay under the defensive linemen.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “Rutgers fans can expect for me to be a guy that puts his head down and gets to work. I'm not really going to say much, just go about my business."
Officially Signed At -- 7:52 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Air Force, Army, Delaware
Scout Analysis “Having seen him play in person several times during his senior season, what jumps out is he plays tough and likes to be physical. He needs to work on his lower body strength but he moves well and is athletic. You do not have to be big to play center, but smarts and competitiveness are a must, and he has both.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “I knew one thing about that offer. I had to call my mom and my dad to tell them about the offer because that’s where I want to go to school next year. I knew right away.”
Officially Signed At - 7:54 a.m.
Chose Rutgers OverBuffalo
Scout Analysis He’s a super explosive kid and he hadn’t played a ton of football. Now he’s going to get the opportunity to play one position and put on the size that comes with going to a college weight-lifting program. I think he’s probably one of the top steals in the Northeast.” Timber Creek coach Rob Hinson
Quoteable: I'm going to the place I want to be. I've always wanted to be there. It's the main school I wanted to be at. It's close to home and convenient for my family to come see at any point. It was the right place to be."
Officially Signed At -- 7:58 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Transferred from Michigan
Scout Analysis “There's no way a new coach brings in a player with only two years of eligibility unless he feels he is going to be a starter, so Ash is looking for Taylor-Douglas to contribute right off the bat. If he can return to his defensive back skill set, Taylor-Douglas will be an important piece for Rutgers in 2016.” Bill Greene
Quoteable: “I sat in on the same type of meeting last year when Jim Harbaugh arrived at Michigan, and the message was very similar to what Coach Ash talked about. Coach Ash is putting a lot of structure in place and he's holding people accountable, just like Coach [Jim] Harbaugh did."
Officially Signed at -- 8:12 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Miami, Duke, N.C. State
Scout Analysis “He’s very good in pass protection and that is a rarity for high school players. Usually they drive block in the running game well. They have to develop as pass blockers. Krimin understands how to drop back. He gets in his base. … He moves incredibly well for a kid at 320 pounds.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “Rutgers is huge for me personally. From not being able to play football for a huge part of my life, I'm just excited to take myself up to the next level at a Big Ten school. It's something to be proud of. My family being right there, even though I probably won't go [home] every week, I can just make a phone call and they'll be there if I need them to."
Officially Signed At -- 9:32 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Pittsburgh, Syracuse, Temple, Indiana, Penn State
Scout Analysis “He’s a big, physical linebacker. He runs well. He plays outside linebacker in a 4-3 defense, he’s comfortable coming off the edge and blitzing the quarterback. He’s got closing speed where he can track somebody down from behind.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “After the home visit and everything, it's a huge lift off my shoulders. I feel more settled and comfortable with everything. [My mom] was very excited to meet coach Ash. As well, she was confused with everything going on, so she wanted to make sure I was good. She loved coach Ash. She had a nice 1-on-1 talk with him."
<pOfficially Signed at -- 9:34 a.m.
Chose Rutgers OverBoston College transfer
Scout Analysis “Moore has size and work ethic but Boston College was not a good fit after the coaching change. Moore missed some time with a blood clot and worked in an impressive BC rotation after his return. He’s going to bring energy and intelligence in his final season.” Sam Hellman
Quoteable: “He’s a good kid. He’s a hard-working kid. He’s a good athlete, great size, he’s going to play hard for coach [Chris] Ash. He wants to make this year count.” - Pope John coach Brian Carlson.
Officially Signed At -- 10:20 a.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Louisville, Iowa State, Toledo
Scout Analysis “Oden needs time in the weight room before he is ready for action but his time may come sooner than that. If Drew Mehringer wants to run a shotgun, no-huddle attack from day one like he told recruits, the Oden has to be ready. He brings mobility to a fan base that is desperate for a dual-threat attack at quarterback but Chris Laviano is still the quarterback to beat.” Sam Hellman
Quoteable: “I’m the type of player where I have to get into a rhythm. I have to go quick. I don’t like going into spans of time where I wait a minute or so to do the next thing. I like to go. Boom, next thing, next thing, then get into a roll.”
Officially Signed At -- 10:50 a.m.
Chose Rutgers OverBoston College, Temple, ODU, Massachusetts
Scout Analysis “The one-time Boston College commit does bring position versatility to Piscataway for coach Chris Ash. He can play receiver, he can play safety, call me crazy, maybe even linebacker at some point, weakside, if he puts on weight.” Brian Dohn
Quoteable: “[Ash] did not only my trust, but he earned my parents’ trust as well. He has shown that he says what he means, and he means what he says. I want to be a part of the Ash era and turn Rutgers around.”
Officially Signed at -- 12:25 p.m.
Chose Rutgers OverCentral Oklahoma, Tulsa, Tarleton State
Scout Analysis “Playing for a smaller school month of Dallas, Bailey went under the radar for much of the recruiting process as Rutgers identified him late in the process and secured him on campus for an official visit,” Powers said. “He is a new-age, valuable weapon in an offense where he can line up in the backfield or split out wide as a receiver and that position is one that can get a lot of use in the Texas spread-based systems and that is likely how he will be used in college.” -- Greg Powers
Quoteable: “I’m comfortable there and it was just a great coaching staff. I spent time with a lot of them and they just made me feel good about what they were doing. I liked everything. Their facilities were great but they’re only going to make them better. That was awesome. I liked the meetings, the food, everything out there.”
Signing Official At -- 1:21 p.m.
Chose Rutgers Over:Louisiana Tech
Scout Analysis “Turner is going to get bigger and he has a year with Darius Hamilton as a mentor. Rutgers absolutely had to land a defensive tackle prospect in 2016 after it chose not to pursue Jarrod Hewitt or Tymir Oliver, and Turner brings an exciting outlook. Don’t sweat the two-star ranking because Turner fits what Rutgers wants in its defensive linemen.”
Quoteable: Coach Ash is great. He comes from a winning program, so I see him changing things around, turning things around. His personality is great. He’s straight up. He tells you what it is. I like him. He’s changing things around up there.”
Signing Official At -- 2:30 p.m.
Chose Rutgers Over Boston College, Wake Forest
Scout Analysis “Hayes stole the show at a summer camp to the point where he became an instant priority for the previous. Hayes is long, athletic, competitive and the right type of personality for the locker room. Good job by Ash and assistant Aaron Henry in keeping him committed.” Sam Hellman
Quoteable: I'm 100 percent committed to Rutgers. The visit showed me everything ...coach Ash is about the players. His whole mission is establishing a great relationship with the players, and everything is about the players. If the players feel great, they will return the favor.”