If Chris Ash can get Rutgers out of the rut it finds itself in the Big Ten, he’s going to need the talent to do it. And that talent could be arriving on National Signing Day. Rutgers has 20 hard commits in its 2017 recruiting class heading into Wednesday, with four more players enrolled early and already taking classes.
Currently ranked eighth among the Big Ten recruiting classes in 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings, Rutgers should be getting talent capable of competing in the conference. Each commit in the 2017 class is listed below along with positional ranking, star rating and hometown. The list includes players who have waited until National Signing Day to make their commitment and could decide to go with the Scarlet Knights.
Until Wednesday, non-early enrollees had just been verbally committed. As Wednesday rolls on, commits will send in paperwork to officially sign with Rutgers.
Rutgers’ 2017 recruiting class
|4-star OT||Micah Clark*||16||Holmdel, NJ|
|4-star WR||Bo Melton||37||Egg Harbor City, NJ|
|4-star OLB||Tyshon Fogg||14||Towson, MD|
|3-star QB||Johnathan Lewis||16||Jersey City, NJ|
|3-star OT||Samuel Vretman*||73||Cheshire, CT|
|3-star OLB||Olakunle Fatukasi||56||Brooklyn, NY|
|3-star S||Edwin Lopez||68||Camden, NJ|
|3-star CB||Tim Barrow||101||Staten Island, NY|
|3-star DE||Brendan Bordner*||47||Hilliard, OH|
|3-star RB||Elijah Barnwell||34||Piscataway, NJ|
|3-star WR||Shameen Jones||147||Bronx, NY|
|3-star DE||Mike Tverdov||57||Union, NJ|
|3-star OG||Owen Bowles||52||Egg Harbor City, NJ|
|3-star WR||Everett Wormley||181||Burlington, NJ|
|3-star OG||Jamaal Beaty*||72||Holmdel, NJ|
|3-star OLB||C.J. Onyechi||99||West Orange, NJ|
|3-star DE||Tijuan Mason||76||Memphis, TN|
|3-star CB||Naijee Jones||159||Sicklerville, NJ|
|3-star ATH||Syheim Simmons||101||Montgomery, AL|
|3-star DE||Jaohne Duggan||79||Bethlehem, PA|
|3-star TE||Travis Vokolek||95||Springfield, MO|
|3-star S||Tyler Hayek||147||Wayne, NJ|
|2-star WR||Hunter Hayek||358||Wayne, NJ|
|2-star OLB||Brendan De Vera||189||Wayne, NJ|
*denotes early enrollee
What is Rutgers’ recruiting class ranked?
Early enrollees: 4
5-star commits: 0
4-star commits: 3
Rutgers’ 2017 Signing Day schedule
Rutgers will stream a Signing Day press conference at 2 p.m. ET on its website.
Rutgers’ National Signing Day storylines, preview
How many running backs?
Rutgers might find itself in a tense situation with running backs, as both 4-star Cordarrian Richardson and 3-star Raheem Blackshear are possibilities for the Scarlet Knights. While Richardson is waiting until after signing day to commit, Blackshear is expected to make an announcement and seems to be a Rutgers lean given that he retweeted some Rutgers speculation after de-committing from Michigan State. 3-star running back Elijah Barnwell also committed on Tuesday, so this should be a position to keep an eye on.
Will Kill get a second tight end?
New offensive coordinator Jerry Kill has said in the past how much he values the tight end position in his offenses, but the Rutgers’ Class of 2017 currently only has one tight end with 3-star Travis Vokolek. The Scarlet Knights’ best shot at adding another would be 3-star Devin Miller, who ranks ahead of Vokolek in 247 Sports’ Composite Rankings as the No. 45 tight end.
Where will Micah Clark play?
Ranked as Rutgers’ top overall recruit in the 2017 class, early enrollee Micah Clark could find himself eventually playing in any number of positions. NJ.com reports that Ash prefers Clark to play on defense despite being recruited as an offensive tackle. Per the report, he apparently projects as a possible offensive tackle, guard, center, three- and five-technique defensive linemen, tight end and defensive end, so the Scarlet Knights definitely have a versatile new toy to play with.
Last true signing day?
This isn’t a Rutgers recruiting story so much as a national recruiting story, but it’s worth considering that we could be seeing the last singular Signing Day. Ash, along with every other Big Ten coach not named Urban Meyer, supports an NCAA resolution adding two early signing periods in June and December that would take away a fair amount of the usual Signing Day drama.