It was only a matter of time after Rutgers hit home runs last week with two brothers, but the announcement still sent shockwaves through New Jersey Tuesday afternoon.
Four days after the top receiver in New Jersey committed to coach Chris Ash, the Scarlet Knights land two offensive linemen including the No. 6 offensive tackle in the 2017 recruiting class.
Brothers Micah Clark and Jamaal Beaty announced their dual commitments to Rutgers Tuesday on social media. Clark represents New Jersey’s top offensive lineman with offers to play almost anywhere. His brother, Beaty, is un-ranked after Old Dominion Monday became his second offer.
“Every day we can, me and my brother call coach Chris Ash and [offensive line coach AJ] Blazek,” Clark said. “We love getting to know them. [My last visit] made it easier to decide where Rutgers stands with me. They’re my No. 1 because they want to develop me and develop me after football.”
Rutgers was not on the radar for Clark before a coaching change, however Ash’s and Blazek’s consistent aggression altered the mindset for both.
“Rutgers has changed dramatically,” Clark said. “The new coaches care about all of the players in the country, but they care about their state first. They want to recruit the best guys in the state. They’re not looking at me as, ‘we offered you, let’s talk to the next recruit now.’ It’s like we’re a priority to them. I like that about Rutgers.”
Rutgers was Beaty’s first offer, and it was not a hard decision after that.
“It’s great that me and my brother have the opportunity to go to the same school,” Beaty said. “We really get to see a school that wants us both. We would be very dangerous [together], one of the best offensive lines in the country.”null