Throughout the week, close to 1100 players from across the east coast were on campus for the 2006 Rutgers football camp, taking the opportunity to compete with other prospects, receive daily instruction, and most importantly, gain the attention of college coaches. SOR.com was on hand for the event, and took plenty of photos of players in attendance: pictures from Day 1, Day 2 , and Day 3.
On Wednesday, Justin Francis announced that he had committed earlier in the day at the Rutgers camp. Matei was able to catch up with Justin in an exclusive video interview. The 6-4, 250 pound Francis loves the Rutgers facilities and the community, as he built a strong relationship with the RU coaches. The future defensive end turned down offers from Auburn, Alabama, Pitt and South Florida.
Also on Wednesday, fellow Floridian Fabian Ruiz from Sunset HS in Miami committed to Rutgers and Matei once again provided fans with a terrific video interview. Ruiz, a highly regarded tight end, is ranked as the #50 prospect in Florida by Larry Blustein's Varsity Florida Football Friday. Ruiz is certainly very excited to be apart of Rutgers football, and he recently posted on the message board, thanking fans for their support.
Later that day, the NBA draft was held in New York, and Rutgers' very own Quincy Douby was selected in the first round, by the Sacramento Kings with the 19th pick. ‘Q' is the first Rutgers player to be picked in the 1st round since Roy Hinson in 1983. Quincy's electrifying play, lights-out jumpshot and constant hustle will surely be missed at Rutgers, and hopefully his success at the collegiate level will carry over to the pros. On Thursday, Scout.com's Frank Burlison called Douby the draft's "second best scorer" (behind Morrison) who could be the biggest surprise in his rookie season.
Rutgers got another commitment on Thursday, when lineman Edwin Alvarez announced he would be a Scarlet Knight. Alvarez has a tall, lean and athletic frame who also plays basketball at Miami Central, has the prototypical body of a left tackle at 6-6.5, 270. It was at the camps where Rutgers coaches were impressed enough to extend Alvarez a scholarship offer. When he made his decision, Alvarez held several offers, including ones from top BCS schools. Make sure you watch the video interview Larry Blustein conducted with Edwin earlier in June as well.
Over the weekend, there was some basketball news to report on as Sardonic was on hand at the Barn for The Star Ledger College Player Summer league, checking out several Scarlet Knights in action, including two of the newest Knights: Hamady N'diaye and Courtney Nelson. Sardonic shared his observations, the latest news on the team and describes meeting Quincy Douby in his latest article. He also took plenty of pictures from the first few days of competition.
On Sunday, Alex Hesquijarosa conducted a Q&A with Piscataway's Tony Logan. A four-star athlete capable of playing various positions, Logan reports that he enjoyed camping at Rutgers and has the Scarlet Knights among his favorites. Don "Big Dog" Forbes published a nice photo feature on some of the prospects in action at the RU camp held earlier in the week as well.