RU is family affair for SHP Junior

Running back Kevin Monangai from Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) already had an strong feeling for Rutgers, so did he learn much during his Junior Day visit? Also, three schools are recruiting him the hardest right now, and he says where Rutgers stands in his recruitment. Also, Monangai gives an indication of whether the Scarlet Knights are going to offer a scholarship.

Seton Hall Prep (West Orange, N.J.) running back Kevin Monangai has three cousins who attend Rutgers, so he acknowledged "I'm pretty familiar with Rutgers.''

But it didn't stop him from learning more about the school from an academic standpoint during Junior Day. And among the schools recruiting the 5-foot-10, 195-pound Monangai, he said Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers.

"It's almost a three-way tie,'' Monangai said.

He said Penn State assistant Dick Anderson, the former Scarlet Knights head coach, was by the school recently to check out his tape, but he is still waiting for his first written offer.

"(Rutgers assistant) coach (Bob) Fraser said they are evaluating me at this point,'' Monangai said. "I know Rutgers is interested. Coach (Ed) Pinkham, coach Fraser and coach (Joe) Suan went to a game this season.''

Even with Monangai's family knowledge of Rutgers, he was taken aback by the academic success of the football program, particularly ranking third in Academic Progress Rate (APR). He also enjoyed the close-knit feeling within the program.

"It was good. I really liked it and the coaches are great,'' Monangai said. "I learned a lot more about the school. I did not know they were so successful graduating players.''

However, if Penn State got heavily involved in Monangai's recruitment, it may have an edge. "Since I was a kid, I always liked Penn State,'' he said.

Monangai wasn't the only Seton Hal Prep junior to travel to Rutgers' Junior Day. Defensive end Connor Wujciak, who already holds a Rutgers offer, and cornerback Kevin Ijoma also attended the event.

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