Marquis Hamm commits to RU

Besides Piscataway HS, New Brunswick is the closest public HS to the Rutgers campus. While Piscataway has provided RU with numerous prospects, there have been few prospects from New Brunswick to grace RU's roster. Things might have changed with the commitment of Marquis Hamm. His commitment marks the first New Brunswick scholarship player to commit to RU in close to 20 years.

Hamm decided to commit at the conclusion of his visit. It was Hamm's comfort with the current and future Rutgers players that brought him to the decision that he wanted to be a Scarlet Knight. As he stated, "I fit in really well. They felt like older brothers. Everyone spoke to me and showed me a good time. I just felt like I belonged there." When he informed Coach Schiano of his decision, the Rutgers head coach was openly happy as he was hoping the New Brunswick standout would decide to stay home.

Although the proximity to Hamm's house is favorable, he stated that it did not play a big factor in his decision. He enjoyed how he related to the many committed players like Art Forst, Stephen Shimko, Eric LeGrand and Tim Wright along with possible future Knights like Wayne Warren. These prospects seem to get along so well that Hamm felt like he was also a member of the Knights. What also made Hamm feel even more comfortable was his cousin Tiquan Underwood. Although George Johnson was Hamm's host, Tiquan Underwood joined the pair to assist in answering questions and show him around the campus.

Although Hamm was a standout defensive player, Rutgers is recruiting Hamm as a TE. The position does not matter to Hamm. Playing time is the most important factor for him. Since the Scarlet Knights have a need for a TE, this helped in making his decision along with the fact that his recruiting coach might be his position coach. The two have forged a good relationship.

With Hamm having made his decision, he plans on having a conversation with his teammate, Brandon Smith, to have Smith join him at Rutgers. Although Hamm will not speculate why Smith did not visit this weekend, he will discuss the positives of becoming a Scarlet Knight.

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