View into the Rutgers recruiting class

Summary of the commitments.

Photo Pos. First Name Last Name HT/WT Forty School Comments
DL Ryan Blaszczyk 6-5/290 5.4 Shawnee H.S
AP NJ first Team All-State OL. Philly Inquirer All-Area. Good size. Will probably play in the interior OL.
CB Dennis Campbell 5-10/185 4.40 Plantation H.S
Excellent athlete that has been clocked at sub-4.4 in the 40 yard dash.  Selected Rutgers over Pittsburgh, Minnesota, and others.
OL Chris Dirksz 6-1/255 4.8 Dr. Michael M. Krop HS
"This is a very strong young man who has the athletic ability to play linebacker, but the strength to make an impression on the line." - Larry Bluestein of
S Glenn Lee 6-2/195 4.5 New Rochelle
Known as a crushing hitter from the secondary. Will probably play FS at Rutgers.
QB Jabulani Lovelace 6-1/190 4.60 Tenafly H.S
Lovelace, the northern New Jersey product was all but set to commit to Syracuse when he decided to take one of his official trips to Rutgers, which would seal the deal for the in-state school.  Lovelace threw for 1540 and 18TDs to go along with 941 yards rushing and an additional 10 TDs.
LB Kevin Malast 6-2/215 4.7 Manchester Regional HS
An early RU commitment that selected to stay home over offers from UVA, Syracuse, among others.  Had he selected to play the recruiting game, Malast could have become a big-time national recruit.
OL Dave McClain 6-5/321 5.21 Central Bucks
Selected Rutgers over Purdue, after deccommiting from Maryland.  Having enrolled in January, McClain is already familiarizing himself with college life and getting a head start on winter conditioning.
WR Chris McClover 6-2/180 4.50 Dillard H.S
McClover was the recipient of an early Rutgers offer during summer camp.  Still somewhat raw, this smooth, playmaking  wide-out, is one of the real steals out of south Florida this year.
CB Jason McCourty 5-11/155 4.50 Joseph Regional H.S
Joins his twin brother. Jason will likely play CB. He has decent speed and balance. His body has the potential to carry 200lbs.
DB Devin McCourty 5-10/155 4.50 Joseph Regional H.S
Similar to his brother, he has decent speed and is a good athlete. He will probably play safety.
RB Jerome Messam 6-3/240 4.50 Notre Dame (Brampton, ON)
A big back with speed. He can play either RB or FB. His size and ability makes him an interesting player because he could end up playing a number of positions.
CB Damaso Munoz 5-11/200 4.6 Miami Southridge HS
"Good athlete who pursues the ball real well and is not afraid to really mix it up and lay the lumber." - Charles Fishbein of
DE Jonathan  Pierre-Etienne 6-3/240 4.8 Vieux-Montreal Secondary School
Enrolled into Rutgers in January. Has the size, speed, and maturity to compete for a position in the two-deep.
LB Chris Quaye 6-0/225 4.50 Timber Creek Regional H.S
Has the ability to either LB or FB. He will likely play MLB.
CB Raymell Rice 5-9/190 4.40 New Rochelle
Was New York State player of the year as a junior. Has the speed and vision to compete in the fall for the TB position.
RB Davon Smart 5-10/185 4.40 Hackensack H.S
Comes fromone of the best programs in Northern New Jersey. Due to his speed and quickness along with the need at the position, he will likely play DB.
OL Darnell Stapleton 6-3/305 5.2 Hudson Valley
A preseason JUCO All-American, he will play center and will have the opportunity to compete for the starting position.
OL Vantrise Studivant 6-3/260 5.10 Suncoast
Probably bigger than 6'3" and is now 265lbs. He is very similar to Val Barnby - only an inch or less shorter. He will probably started out at DE.
WR Tiquan Underwood 6-2/170 4.5 Notre Dame - Lawrenceville, NJ
Underwood was the state champion in the triple jump as a junior. Due to missing most of his senior to a broken leg, he will be one of the gems of the class. He is 6'2"-200 and is a very good athlete. His injury left him out of the limelight.

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