The Scarlet Knights offered and received a non-binding oral commitment from freshman offensive lineman Matt McBride, who prepped at Holy Trinity High of Hicksville, N.Y.. It is possible he will enroll in January, and be able to participate in spring practice.
The 6-foot-6, 280-pound McBride red-shirted this season and has four years of eligibility remaining. His commitment could give the Scarlet Knights immediate depth on an offensive line that could lose three starters if junior left tackle Anthony Davis leaves for the NFL.
McBride was an All-Catholic League Athletic Association pick as a senior at Holy Trinity and played for Long Island in the Outback Steakhouse Empire Challenge.
Hofstra announced Thursday it was dropping football due to financial issues and a lack of interest. Later in the day Rutgers coach Greg Schiano offered his disappointment in the decision, and said he knew members of the Hofstra coaching staff and would look into possible transfers.
Because Hofstra dropped the program, the NCAA waives the rule forcing transfers to sit out a year. McBride will be eligible to play for the Scarlet Knights next season.