Rutgers Football: Recruiting in High Gear as 3 More Recruits Commit for 2013

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Rutgers Football: Recruiting in High Gear as 3 More Recruits Commit for 2013
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Rutgers scored big last week, as three recruits all gave verbal commitments in the same day.

While the 2012 college football season fast approaches, Kyle Flood continues to put together his first-ever recruiting class—that of 2013—as head coach of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. 

Three more players have formally committed, bringing the total number to twelve—two in-state prospects as well as one from the fertile recruiting grounds of Florida.

Flood's predecessor built the program by keeping local talent from New Jersey and drawing from neighboring states, bringing in quality players who had formerly gone to Syracuse, Penn State, Pitt and West Virginia.

The latest recruits include: 

 

Josh Klecko (DT)

Somewhat on the small side at 6'2" and 235 pounds, Klecko's game has benefited by having an in-house coach who just happens to be former NFL defensive lineman, Joe Klecko.

A three-star recruit, via Scout.com. out of Red Bank (NJ) Catholic High School, Klecko chose to ignore the college path of brother Dan and father Joe by choosing the Scarlet Knights over the Temple Owls.

While also playing offensive line, Klecko was a standout defender last season, recording 69 tackles.

"There were a lot of schools I loved, but Rutgers really stood out to me because I loved the coaching staff," said Klecko, who had also received offers from Connecticut and Massachusetts.

 

Myles Nash (DE/QB)

A talented athlete, Nash played quarterback and edge rusher for Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, NJ.

At 6'4" and 205 pounds, Nash is a three-star, via Scout.com, prospect who had been coveted by Arizona, Boston College, Purdue, Temple, Virginia and West Virginia, among others.

Rutgers' plan is make Nash an OLB, who will occasionally get into a three-point stance for Kyle Flood's defense.

Myles Nash announces his commitment to RU on June 27th.

"I'm very happy for him, very happy for our whole program," said Rob Hinson, the coach at Timber Creek Regional. "I think it's a great fit for him scheme-wise, socially, and also with the staff."

 

Taylor Marini (TE)

Rated the No. 55 tight end in the country, Marini opted for Rutgers over Louisville, South Florida, Temple and others.

Rutgers continues to search for potential targets for 2013 QB recruit Chris Laviano, and, at 6'4" and 240 pounds, Marini will be easy to spot. To date, he has been a blocking TE in high school, evidenced by just two catches last season.

Marini, from Lake Mary High School in Lake Mary, Fla., is rated as a two-star recruit, via Scout.com, with a 4.7 time in the 40-yard dash.

"Obviously, we recruit against each other," said Temple head coach Steve Addazio after last week's Rutgers recruiting announcements.

Klecko, Nash and Marini all committed to Rutgers on the same day—June 27—and had all been players Temple had also courted.

"Rutgers is 66 miles away from Temple. It's in a bordering state," Addazio said.

To date, Temple has only gotten commitments from seven players for 2013.

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