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)
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.
Myles Nash (DE/QB)
A talented athlete, Nash played quarterback and edge rusher for Timber Creek Regional High School in Erial, NJ.
"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)
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.