Corcoran Officially a Scarlet Knight

Jack Corcoran, by way of St. Joseph Elem & High School in Hammonton, NJ, is officially a Scarlet Knight. The South Jersey prospect had an interesting end to his recruitment but when it was all said and done, Rutgers would be the place he was to call home.

As a senior Jack Corcoran ran for 925 yards and scored 29 TDs. A second team All-State honoree Corcoran has been favorably compared to Rutgers' very own Brian Leonard.

Seemingly the heir apparent to Leonard, Corcoran's recruitment took a bit of a twist and turn after his commitment to Rutgers. Though he had initially selected his state school over Penn State, PSU still wanted Corcoran to take a trip to PA.

Given the rash of decommitments from a number of prominent schools, all resulting in Penn State's favor, fans moaned and groaned whether Corcoran would be the latest defect to call his home Penn State.

"I went up on a visit there, but I didn't have any intention on decommitting from Rutgers. Rutgers was where I wanted to be at," stated a well-spoken Corcoran shortly after officially becoming a Scarlet Knight earlier on LOI Day.

Corcoran is very pleased with Rutgers' progress and especially so with the current class finalizing their commitments today.

"I do know some of the guys. I know Kordell Young and he's just a great football player and one of the best running backs in the state. Then there's Ryan D'Imperio who is a great player also and is going to be playing linebacker for us," said Corcoran.

The current class brought in by Coach Schiano and his staff addresses two key areas:
1. The WR position has been restocked.
2. Each and every player coming onboard is versatile enough and athletic enough to play a number of positions on the football field.

And Corcoran fits this pattern, specifically point #2 above, to a tee. Athletic enough to play either at the tail or full-back position, Corcoran could also play on the defensive side of the ball where he amassed 60 tackles, caused 1 fumble, and had 1 INT returned for a TD. Just as importantly, however, was Rutgers ability to sign key players from an area that has, in the past, neglected its state university.

"I think it's a big step up for Rutgers to come down to South Jersey and get some of the better players from down here."

StateofRutgers.com fans should stay tuned as we bring you more coverage from Corcoran's Signing Day.

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