The week began on Sunday, when HoopGurlz.com released its Class of 2006 recruiting rankings and the Lady Knights have the 3rd ranked class, with the addition of Dee Dee Jernigan and four other top 50 prospects.
The Lady Knights also made headlines on Monday when Rutgers women's basketball head coach C. Vivian Stringer was inducted into the Iowa Hall of Fame. Later in the week, Stringer appeared on ESPN2's Quite Frankly while one of her former players, Cappie Pondexter was named the WNBA Player of the Week.
On Tuesday, Matei spoke with Joseph Lefeged, who was recently ranked the #43 prospect in the latest Scout.com Class of 2007 East Region Hot 100. Lefeged says that he made the decision to pull the trigger after a recent unofficial trip to the banks and a meeting with the staff.
On Wednesday, Rutgers landed another key player when Keith Newell committed to Rutgers. Newell, a 4-star lineman from Trenton Central, was being recruited by schools across the nation but felt most comfortable with Coach Schiano and the idea of playing close to home. Keith, whose strengths include great aggressiveness, good size and feet, will likely play offensive tackle for the Scarlet Knights.
That same day, Don "Big Dog" Forbes caught up with PA lineman Richard Muldrow. At 6-8, 285lbs, Muldrow is one of the top offensive linemen in the northeast and currently holds 11 offers and lists Rutgers among his favorites. The offensive lineman has a busy summer schedule planned, which includes camping at Rutgers and making various unofficial visits.
Seniors Clark Harris and Brian Leonard were named to the Maxwell Award Watch List on Wednesday. Harris and Leonard were two of the sixty players on the watch list for the award, which is given annually to the Collegiate Player of the Year.
SOR.com continued its coverage of the Rutgers camps in Florida on Thursday with an exclusive audio/video interview with Antwain Easterling, one of Florida's most intriguing running back prospects. The 5-foot-11 and 185-pound Miami Northwestern HS rising senior has game-breaking ability, rushing for 1,194 yards and 14 TDs last season. Easterling holds numerous offers, including ‘ships from Miami, Florida State, Florida, Notre dame and one from RU.
Basketball recruit Dan Werner made his decision on Saturday, choosing Florida over Kentucky. In other basketball news, St. Patrick's forward Jeff Robinson committed to Memphis after taking an unofficial visit there.
Note: Rutgers football single game tickets will go on sale Monday, June 19. Individual tickets can be purchased for the Scarlet Knights' six-game home schedule by phone at (866) 445-GORU, online or in person at the Rutgers Athletic ticket office inside the RAC.