Rutgers Trend Meter: Jan. 31 Update on National Signing Day Eve

A final look at where Rutgers football targets are trending with less than 24 hours until National Signing Day in 2017

Following recruiting is a bit of an emotional rollercoaster ride, especially in visit season. For experts, handicapping recruitments is a dubious endeavor. Recruiting is incredibly volatile, obviously, since it’s based on the whims of teenagers that have an enormous amount of pressure on them from many different adults.

Predicting where a recruit goes is far too unpredictable. Fans, though, always want to know the latest buzz on each recruit so we thought the best thing to do is put together a latest trend meter, kind of a stock report on whether Rutgers’ and Chris Ash’s chances with the recruit are going up, down or sideways. We’ve talked to various Scout experts, prospects and sources around the country and this is the latest trend for prospects and visit targets for Rutgers. The beauty of this is that as the trend changes we can change that little arrow as we approach National Signing Day. Keep checking back here while we constantly update the trend meter.


On the Defensive Line...

http://www.scout.com/player/208182-boye-mafe?s=183

It was a good job by Rutgers to get Minnetonka (Minn.) Hopkins defensive end Boye Mafe on campus for an official visit, but Minnesota got the last push. Mafe's announcement could come later today with both schools very much in the running.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 20


http://www.scout.com/player/196176-corey-bolds?s=183

If Paramus (N.J.) Catholic defensive tackle Corey Bolds ends up signing anywhere tomorrow morning, Rutgers would be the place. Bolds officially visited two weeks ago. He both scheduled and canceled a Minnesota visit for the final weekend before National Signing Day.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 20


http://www.scout.com/player/214409-ifeanyi-maijeh?s=183

Brooklyn (N.Y.) Poly Prep defensive lineman Ifeanyi Maijeh took an under-the-radar official visit to Rutgers the same weekend as most committed prospects but still does not have an offer. Maijeh flipped from New Hampshire to Temple over the weekend. Would Rutgers make a final play if other targets do not pan out?

Official Visit Date: Dec. 9


http://www.scout.com/college/rutgers/player/209800-axel-nyembwe

Duke commit Axel Nyembwe unofficially visited Rutgers and hosted coach Chris Ash in the final days of his recruitment. While Nyembwe was close to a flip last week, he slowed down a decision to weigh both options.

Official Visit Date: Dec. 2


Linebacker Battles...

http://www.scout.com/player/206076-olakunle-fatukasi?s=183

The fact that Rutgers commit Olakunle Fatukasi left Indiana with the Scarlet Knights on top was a good sign for Ash. The same goes for a Temple visit, where Fatukasi left committed to Rutgers. With that said, two January visits for a committed prospect should never inspire too complete confidence after what happened last year with Taysir Mack. The good news? Fatukasi picked out his scarlet bow tie for tomorrow's event at Grand Street Campus.

Official Visit Date: Dec. 9


The Defensive Secondary...

http://www.scout.com/player/207350-syhiem-simmons?s=183

Syhiem Simmons is officially a member of the Rutgers class of 2017. Simmons projects as a nickel for Rutgers, which represents a homecoming to New Jersey. Simmons considered himself a commit long before his visit to campus and awaits a chance to represent Jersey City, N.J. on a large stage.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 27


http://www.scout.com/player/211003-ihmir-marsette?s=183

Former Rutgers commit Ihmir Marsette committed to Minnesota at the end of an official visit only to erase his commitment announcement 24 hours later. One constant on the road to National Signing Day has been Marsette's interest in leaving home, however, a change of heart is completely possible..

Official Visit Date: Dec. 9


http://www.scout.com/player/206171-bryce-watts?s=183

Bryce Watts committed to Virginia Tech, and the Hokies have a ton of steam in their 2017 recruiting class. While nothing is formally over until National Signing Day, Virginia Tech holds his verbal commitment with no more visits allowed.

Official Visit Date: Dec. 9


http://www.scout.com/player/204701-trey-creamer?s=183

Cornerback Trey Creamer flipped from Minnesota to Iowa after a Rutgers official visit. After the Scarlet Knights added Simmons Sunday as a defensive back, the selection process became stricter for the final spots in the class.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 27


Offensive Skill...

http://www.scout.com/player/196631-eddie-lewis?s=183

Rutgers and wide receiver Eddie Lewis “came to an agreement” during a weekend official. While the details of that agreement remain undetermined, Lewis does not plan on any elaborate announcement other than signing his name to a school tomorrow morning at his school. Rutgers is well positioned.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 20


http://www.scout.com/player/209292-raheem-blackshear?s=183

Former Temple commit Raheem Blackshear was a Michigan State Spartan before a second de-commitment. Blackshear, against Michigan State policy, officially visited Rutgers as a top running back target. With a Signing Day announcement at his school, Rutgers should have an edge.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 27


http://www.scout.com/player/195439-terence-dunlap?s=183

With other recent visitors to campus, the contacct between Alabama running back Terence Dunlap and Rutgers slowed. Dunlap's Rutgers official visit came sandwiched between trips to Tulane and Troy.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 21


http://www.scout.com/player/197895-cordarrian-richardson?s=183

There's nothing like a coin-flip feeling on Signing Day for a four-star running back. Memphis (Tenn.) Trezevant tailback Cordarrian Richardson officially visited Rutgers and Mississippi on back-to-back weekends an edge to the Rebels.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 27


http://www.scout.com/player/212852-hunter-hayek?s=183

There was no decision necessary after offensive coordinator Jerry Kill moved on Wayne (N.J.) Hills slot receiver Hunter Hayek. Hayek committed immediately to join brother Tyler Hayek and friend Brendan DeVera at Rutgers but waited until an unofficial visit for a formal announcement.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 21


http://www.scout.com/player/214454-ryan-anderson?s=183

Ryan Anderson visited Rutgers with every intention of a verbal commitment. Shortly after the All-American graduate transfer received his offer, he was set for Big Ten football. Anderson transfers with one year of eligibility as the instant starter at punter.

Official Visit Date: Jan. 27


Remember the Name...

http://www.scout.com/player/203620-george-ellis?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/192747-mike-epstein?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/206341-devin-darrington?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/213961-ryan-fitton?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/199410-trace-christian?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/200532-tyree-johnson?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/205125-victor-dimukeje?s=183

Signed and Enrolled...

http://www.scout.com/player/195502-micah-clark?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/205962-jamaal-beaty?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/201924-samuel-vretman?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/204551-brendan-bordner?s=183

Off the List...

http://www.scout.com/player/207901-brandon-brown?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/203810-deon-pate?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/176118-terrence-harris?s=183 http://www.scout.com/player/190867-carter-dunaway?s=183


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