Rutgers Rewind Is Back

Rutgers Rewind is back. The inaugural RR debuted back on February 4th - unfortunately, it's initial momentum managed to carry it for all of a (don't hold your breath) single week. However, we've decided to give RR - a weekly entry where we attempt to bring everyone back on the same page, rewinding all the latest developments in Rutgers athletics - another shot.

Rutgers Football ended the previous week with a bang, securing a commitment from Staten Island (N.Y.) Tottenville running back/linebacker Edmond Laryea (6-0, 202, 4.6).  Laryea, who received his Rutgers offer shortly after attending the Rutgers football camp, was recruited as a fullback.  For our users with Premium Membership, we have a pair of Laryea video reels that we would like to bring to the confines of your computer:

Video:
Scouting Video 1
Scouting Video 2

 

As the work week ensued Rutgers' recruiting momentum shifted into a higher gear after Tom Lang (QB,6-foot-4 and 200-pounds) out of Middlesex School in Concord (MA) became the first early QB pledge to the Scarlet Knights program since Mike Teel's announcement of two years ago.  Lang, who for the most part flew under the college recruiting radar attended camps at Iowa, Boston College, Rutgers, Vanderbilt, and Wisconsin. However, "While at Rutgers, we were very impressed with Coach Greg Schiano and Coach Craig Ver Steeg along with the facilities and program," stated Mr. Lang, Tom's father and Middlesex School head football coach.

The same day of Lang's commitment Rutgers fans learned about an offensive lineman from Maryland that stood all of 6-foot-6 and 385-pounds that had recently received his first scholarship offer - from Rutgers.  The massive Maryland lineman, Charles Smith, is being courted nationally by schools like Virginia, Virginia Tech, Michigan and Nebraska (among many others).  However, one thing of note stands out in regards to Smith.  He was at Rutgers for the Rutgers camp instead of taking a similar trip to the University of Virginia, his supposed leader.

Almost as if desiring to remain out of the spotlight, the newly revamped Big East football conference held its annual media day - at Newport, Rhode Island.  Why select such a conspicuously inconspicuous location would be an interesting question to pose to the conference commish, Mike Tranghese.  So it was at this highly invisible meeting that the media gurus announced their predicted conference pecking order.  It came as little surprise when Louisville, receiving a whopping 23 of 24 first place votes, was selected as the overwhelming favorite to win the Big East. 

BIG EAST PRESEASON MEDIA POLL (first-place votes in parentheses)

Rank Team (First Place Votes), Pts.
1.   Louisville (23), 190
2.   Pittsburgh (1), 164
3.   West Virginia, 145
4.   Syracuse, 114
5.   Connecticut, 80
6.   Rutgers, 72
7.   USF, 59
8.   Cincinnati, 40

After the bevy of early week commitments (two is not exactly a bevy, but ...) things began to wind down in Scarlet land.  By mid-week, Rutgers Football had announced a partial TV schedule, disclosing at least 3 national TV appearances including the nationally televised opener versus Illinois (September 3 - ESPN2).  Rutgers announced it would also battle Pittsburgh and Louisville on ESPN2 and in total, would have all of its 11 season games televised.

One of the top performers at the annual Rutgers 7-on-7 tournament was a player by the name of Andres Morales.  Scout.com had a chance to catch up with Morales, an athletic defensive lineman from Liberty HS in Pennsylvania to discuss his recruitment.  Contrary to previous reports thad indicated Morales had received a  Rutgers scholarship offer, it was learned that while RU was courting the soon to be senior no actual offer had been extended.

As the week drew to a close Rutgers basketball fans heard of Lance Thomas' 27 point and 8 rebound performance from Las Vegas.  Thomas, one of the Scarlet Knight's top recruiting priorities this recruiting season, recently trimmed his list of favorites to 9.  Among the nine schools to make the cut were several Big East schools: UConn, Villanova, Louisville, and Rutgers.

And the week, unlike the blistering summer heat that continued to torch the Garden State, finally came to an end as Scout.com brought you an update on one of Rutgers most sought-after defensive prospects: Sorie Bayoh.  Bayoh, an impressive athlete that hails from Miami Gulliver Prep in Florida is a member of Larry Blustein's Summer Top 170 (#89), and can either stay at the LB position in college or make the move to DE at the next level.  His current list of favorites includes Miami at the top, followed by, in no particular order, Louisville, Rutgers, Florida State, and Florida.



Announced this past Friday evening, at the Annual Shore 44 All-Star game, a contest matching the Monmouth All-Stars and the Ocean County All-Stars, were the Jim Sullivan Award (former APP writer until the mid 1970's) winners, a yearly recognition presented to the top Female and Male Athletes who "best exemplify sportsmanship and athletic ability".

The two winners were Kelly Healy (1st team All-Shore for both Field Hockey and Lacrosse) and Rutgers own Kevin Malast (left in picture). 

Kevin was 1st Team All-Shore this past year, while playing 3 varsity sports.  He rushed for nearly 1300 yards this past fall in leading Manchester to their first State Playoffs in some time.  He also wrestled and advanced to the State semi-finals this past winter in Atlantic City.  And during the spring season, as if taking any time off would simply be unheard of, Kevin hit a whopping .420 while playing the outfield.  Keep in mind that all this was accomplished while graduating 5th in his class.

 

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