Rutgers may not yet know whether or not Kyle Flood can coach the football team to victories, but he appears to be able to recruit. The first year coach is busy preparing for the 2012 season, but the success for years after this season will depend heavily on his ability to consistently bring talent to the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers' rise in recent years has been due in large part to keeping local talent close to home, and of the current crop of recruits, eight are from New Jersey. As for the rest, one is from New York, two are from Pennsylvania, two are from Maryland, and two are from Florida.
For the week ending July 7, 2012, two more recruits have made verbal commitments to the Scarlet Knights:
Kemoko Turay (DE) - A senior at Newark Tech in New Jersey, Turay is 6'4" and 202 pounds. Many consider Turay to be a reach, perhaps even an outright stretch. Turay did not play football in either his sophomore or junior years, but is eligible to play in his senior year. The Scarlet Knights were so impressed with Turay at their recent camp that they offered him a scholarship, which he accepted on July 5, 2012.
The Scarlet Knights may have been impressed with Turay's athletic prowess. His personal best time in the 100 meter dash is 12.14 seconds, 70 inches in the high jump, and nearly 22 feet in the long jump.
“The Rutgers’ staff saw him at their annual camp and were impressed with his athleticism,” according to Scarletnation.com representative Matt Hladik [via myCentralJersey.com]. “He is an exceptional track athlete and Rutgers is hoping the explosiveness he displays in the triple jump and on the basketball court will translate to the gridiron.”
Nick Internicola (OLB) - A defensive end at his high school, the Fort Lauderdale native was recruited as an outside linebacker/edge rusher by the Scarlet Knights. At 6'3" and 210 pounds, Internicola would be small as a college defensive end, but the Rutgers staff was impressed enough by this three-star [Scout.com] recruit to make him an offer, which he accepted on July 3, 2012.
The University School of Nova South senior gave his commitment to the Scarlet Knights over competitors West Virginia, Boston College, Syracuse, USF, Houston and Florida International.
The trademark of Rutgers teams has always been defense, and the 2013 recruiting class has been decidedly defensive to date.
A quick review of the 2013 recruits:
Nick Arcidiacono DL - committed 6/21/12.
Anthony Cioffi DB - committed 2/19/12.
Sebastian Joseph DE - committed 6/23/12.
Josh Klecko DT - committed 6/27/12.
Myles Nash DE - committed 6/27/12.
T.J. Taylor DB - committed 6/6/12.
Eric Wiafe DL - committed 6/12/12.
Dontea Ayres RB - committed 5/25/12.
Justin Goodwin RB - committed 5/17/12.
Chris Laviano QB - committed 6/15/12.
Taylor Marini TE - committed 6/27/12.
John Tsimis WR - committed 5/25/12.
Scout.com currently evaluates Rutgers 2013 recruiting class as 35th in the nation. Currently, Michigan is ranked 1st overall, with 24 commitments, including three five-star players and fourteen four-star players. By comparison, Rutgers has no five- or four-star recruits, but eight players who are rated as three-star prospects.