Quotables from Notables

Tom Luicci, Sportswriter, Newark Star Ledger

I think that this is his best class yet. Not only is it his best class but he met some important needs on the offensive line. His first couple of years he had nothing to sell and still recruited. Now that he has some big east wins and the promise of a bowl next year, he is really taking advantage of it. He did a good job both in state and in Florida. Overall, he did a great job.

Bill Hodge, recruiting analyst for ESPN

A promising class should provide help for the improving Rutgers program and coach Greg Schiano.

The star of the incoming freshmen is one of the nation's best in fullback/running back Dwayne Jones of Lakewood, NJ., who picked the Scarlet Knights over Boston College and Virginia Tech. Keeping Jones in-state was a masterpiece and should bode well for the future.

As always, Schiano's recruiting trail also covered Florida, but the prospects rated highest are from New Jersey. Running back Jean Beljour of Hackensack, NJ., athlete Anthony Miller of Edison, NJ., offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah of Edison, NJ., and linebacker Chenry Lewis of Paterson, NJ., were sought by many.

Tim Pernetti, former Rutgers player and color commentator, Rutgers Football Network

It's clear that Greg Schiano and his staff have changed the face of Rutgers football. The ground swell in Piscataway is growing as Schiano and his staff have once again attracted top national players and raised the bar with arguably the top class in the long history of Rutgers Football.

Mike Bakas, Recruiting Analyst for the East, Insiders Sports Network

The class at Rutgers is better than a lot of people think. Maybe they haven't gotten the big time, 5-star kids like other programs but it's a process and Greg Schiano and his coaching staff are doing better and better every year. Getting a quality quarterback like Mike Teel early was huge. Dimitri Linton from Florida ran wild as a senior and is an exciting prospect. Landing running back Dwayne Jones and offensive lineman Jeremy Zuttah proves to people that some of the state's top prospects are strongly considering joining the program.

Chris Melvin, CMRecruitingsource.com

"Rutgers started this recruiting year off on the right foot and their journey has yet to take a detour! With early oral commitments from players like Mike Teel (QB - Don Bosco Prep) and Anthony Miller (Athlete - JP Stevens)...then you toss in Dwayne Jones (RB - Lakewood) and Jean Beljour (RB, DB Hackensack) ... add a few of Florida's top players and you have one of the best recruiting classes in Rutgers' history. Now you throw Jeremy Zuttah (LM - JP Stevens)  in the mix - who happens to be one of the nation's best at his position and you have a GREAT NUCLEUS!  Coach Greg Schiano and his staff have done a superb job recruiting the best players that they can possibly recruit - and yet still, they recruited and contacted players who many message board fanatics may not have heard of!
Chris Melvin (CMRecruitingsource.com)

Frank Colabella, Head Athletic Trainer and Strength and Speed coach for Plainfield High School

Most people don't understand the work, hours, and sacrifice these coaches make to bring the best talent to Rutgers. By working at a school that has a lot of talent I have the luxury to see from the inside, how hard the Rutgers staff works at in recruiting.

This is by far the best they have had in many years. What Coach Schiano, Donofrio, Melvin and the rest of the staff bring to recruiting is sincerity and knowledge of what they are doing.

You can't always base the recruiting results on ratings of these players. It comes down to good old fashion coaching which is what they bring.

This is only the beginning of great things in the future, so let's go bowling next year!!!


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