Signing Day Additions Give Rutgers Depth at Key Positions

Rutgers picked up two Signing Day commitments last week, so where do wide receiver Ahmed Bah and graduate transfer Malachi Moore fit as the final two pieces of Chris Ash's 2016 recruiting class?

The certainty of National Signing Day focused Brooklyn Grand Street Campus wide receiver Ahmed Bah on his Rutgers future.

Bah’s recruitment at Rutgers epitomized hot-and-cold before a late surge from new coach Chris Ash landed the 6-foot-4, two-star receiver as the final piece in his 2016 recruiting class. Rutgers heated up its aggression to land Bah with the hopes of reaffirming a commitment from three-star Taysir Mack in the process.

Rutgers lost to Indiana in the Mack battle but it does not limit what the Scarlet Knights have in Bah. He brings a similar skillset to many receivers on the roster with good size and a solid get-off at the line of scrimmage. He needs to make better use of his 6-foot-4 frame and will have trouble getting open against Big Ten corners until he improves technique. Rutgers could not afford another silent class at receiver, and has a good body that provides depth.

Seniors don’t transfer to sit on the bench. Relationships landed an earlier-than-anticipated commitment from Malachi Moore, who also had interest in the ACC despite pushback from Boston College.

Rutgers moved quickly on Moore after multiple stops at Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII for other recruiting purposes. The Scarlet Knights signed Moore Wednesday morning, and add a key body to the defensive line for summer training camp.

At 6-foot-7, Moore is an immediate competitor for Djwany Mera’s vacated spot at defensive end. Moore will be in the rotation, most likely as a first- and second-down run stuffer that can also create pressure. Defensive end is a deep position for position coach Shane Burnham, who has to develop juniors Kemoko Turay, Jimmy Hogan and Myles Nash. Moore and Quanzell Lambert represent the two most proven trench warriors.


Scarlet Report Top Stories