Jamaal Beaty and Micah Clark already lived under the same roof when they attended Holmdel (N.J.) St. John Vianney, so it only made sense for the two brothers to continue that on as roommates at Rutgers.
While the adaptation to a new lifestyle and environment can be a challenge, Beaty and Clark work through it together as early enrollees on the football team.
“Coach (Kenny) Parker always says it’s a brotherhood, so being here with my brother helps me a lot,” Beaty said. “I don’t have to worry about other people. I room with my brother. It’s pretty much a smooth transition from home.”
One month since their Jan. 4 signing ceremony, Beaty and Clark are already in week three of their Jan. 17 early enrollment at Rutgers.
“It’s a grind every day, grind every day,” he said. “You can’t stop the grind, and if you don’t want to grind, it’s not the place for you.”
Clark, who entered as the top recruit in New Jersey for the 2017 class and as the No. 50 offensive tackle prospect in the country, embraced the grind from his first day on campus.
“I come in looking to get that starting job,” Clark said. “I know coach is going to be real — if you have that ability to start, he’s going to tell me. If I don’t, I won’t start.”
To get there, Clark said the message from the staff is clear.
“Really how coach Parker preaches — have great attitude, great effort,” Clark said. “Really bust my butt in the weight room, in hunting work, when we go to the bubble, work on our stance and starts. Really just doing the right things.”
For both, they learned doing the right thing off the field after practice and workouts counts as much as the effort on the field.
“You’ve got to really manage your time well,” Clark said. “You’ve got to know what you’ve got to do after workouts. When your body is beaten down, you’ve got to recover. If you don’t recover, you’re going to get little injuries. Right now, we’re on a perfect time management sheet. So, I’ve been recovering, doing ice baths, heat baths. So, everything’s been going great right now.”
Beaty and Clark became instant leaders for Rutgers in recruiting when they announced their April 19 commitments to the Scarlet Knights.
With the 2017 class officially closed, Beaty said he and Clark hope to continue that leadership on at the next level.
“(Being leaders of the class) felt pretty good,” Beaty said. “It felt like you’ve got weight on your shoulders being a leader of the class. You’ve got to take on a role some guys can’t see. We like to take that role and run with it.”