June 14, 2024

November sees recruits visit Rutgers football as 2024 commitments come to an end.

This season, the Rutgers football team has exceeded expectations; in October, they secured a spot in a bowl game. The Scarlet Knights (6-3, 3-3) are trying to build on their positive momentum by recruiting even though they are having a successful season on the Banks.

Here are the recruits Rutgers has been hosting and the performance of its commits in October and November.

Notre Dame High School commits to Rutgers finish their careers strong

The high school careers of three-star quarterback AJ Surace and three-star running back Gabriel Winowich came to an end in the first round of the NJSIAA Non-Public A playoffs, as their teams lost 51-41 to Paul VI.

Surace gained 96 yards on the ground in addition to throwing for 250 yards with three touchdowns and one interception during the shootout. On 26 rushing attempts, Winowich ran for 193 yards and three touchdowns of his own. For 73 yards, he also made three catches.

Notre Dame travelled to Baltimore the week before to play St. Frances Academy. The Rutgers-bound seniors put on two more outstanding performances to help the Irish win 28-21. Surace rushed for 74 yards and a touchdown even though he only completed 25 yards of passing. Winowich was the contest’s star.

During his senior year, Surace passed for 1,862 yards and 26 touchdowns with just two interceptions. In addition, he demonstrated his versatility as a quarterback by rushing for 15 touchdowns and a career-high 909 yards. Together, Surace and Winowich gave the Irish a potent offensive attack, and once they are on the Banks, they plan to work together once more.

The two will probably report to the Knights for spring practise, when their collegiate careers will formally begin.

When Rutgers plays Ohio State, it will be home to a number of elite recruits.

Several recruits, both committed and not, were in attendance at Rutgers for their game against Ohio State.

Even though the Knights fell short against the Buckeyes (9-0, 6-0), the atmosphere and Rutgers’ first-half performance must have pleased a lot of recruits who attended the game.

Players like Surace, Winowich, four-star safety Kaj Sanders, four-star tight end Korey Duff Jr., three-star defensive lineman Aaris Bethea, three-star wide receiver Kevin Levy, three-star offensive lineman Kenny Jones, and three-star safety Antonio White were among the verbally committed players on the visiting recruit list.

A number of recruits who have not yet committed to a school from the classes of 2025, 2026, and even 2027 were also hosted by the Knights.

The following players are from New Jersey: class of 2026 defensive lineman Jermaine Kinsler, class of 2026 offensive lineman Jayden Elijah, class of 2025 three-star cornerback Renick Dorilas, class of 2025 four-star running back John Forster, and class of 2027 athlete Jonathan Galette.

Since many of these players have multiple Power Five offers, Rutgers will face fierce competition in the recruiting class.

Head coach Greg Schiano may have more success recruiting the 2025 class and beyond given the team’s success this year and the rising trajectory of the 2024 class.

Amidst a breakthrough season, Schiano summarises the impact of the 2020 recruiting class.

Schiano summarised the challenging recruiting process for the 2020 class, which was significantly impacted by the pandemic, during the team’s bye week.

Several players from that 2020 class went on to become prominent members of the Banks football team. These players included junior defensive lineman Rene Konga, junior wide receiver Chris Long, junior cornerbacks Max Melton and Robert Longerbeam, junior running back Kyle Monangai, and junior linebacker Tyreem Powell.

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