Friday Knight Sites -- Week of April 7

Blake Rankin will transfer from Rutgers, leaving three competing for the Knights QB spot - The Star-Ledger-US PRESSWIRE

Lots of Action in Piscataway this Week. Catch up on the news from the banks this week.

Here's what you missed in Scarlet Knight news this week, from around the web.

Spring Football

Rutgers spring practice: Transfer QB Philip Nelson 'champing at the bit' but must wait for opportunity | NJ.com
Former Minnesota QB must sit out next season due to transfer rules.

Rutgers spring practice: CB Bryant Gross-Armiento transferring closer to Florida home | NJ.com
Freshman defensive back returning to Florida due to personal reasons.

Rutgers spring practice: Sebastian Joseph feasting on opportunity at nose tackle | NJ.com
Joseph has spent time in the weight room and the dining hall to bulk up for his move to nose tackle

Former Rutgers football punter helps Joe Roth realize dream | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
In Joe Roth, Charlie Titus saw a lot of his younger self, so he placed a call to the Rutgers football team knowing that the ending to his own underdog story might be ready to be duplicated.

Rutgers spring practice: QB Mike Bimonte raises stock, offense still searching for rhythm | NJ.com
Bimonte, Gary Nova and Chris Laviano emerge as the top three quarterbacks in the first scrimmage of the spring.

Rutgers spring practice: Emerging leader Darius Hamilton says team is 'going somewhere real special' | NJ.com
Hamilton says fans on the fence about Rutgers should step aside.

Rutgers spring practice: What we learned on Day 6 | NJ.com
Three quarterbacks moved to the top of the depth chart in the first scrimmage of the spring.

Rutgers spring practice: OL Chris Muller's progression continues in preparation for his second season as a starter | NJ.com
After earning a starting job last year, Muller is determined to continue improving.

QB Competition

Rutgers spring practice: Mike Bimonte and Chris Laviano making their case for starting QB job | NJ.com
Bimonte and Laviano are competing for the starting job after spending their careers on the sidelines.

Rutgers spring practice: Gary Nova looking for a fresh start in quarterback competition | NJ.com
Nova spoke to reporters Tuesday for the first time since losing his starting job last season.

Rutgers' Gary Nova addresses last season's benching, spring QB battle | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
Gary Nova got back his public voice Tuesday, and he used it to explain why he remains confident that he can get his old job back.

Manalapan's Bimonte has opportunity to win starting QB job at Rutgers | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
On Nov. 25, 2010, Mike Bimonte finished up his high school career at Manalapan with a 47-20 victory over Marlboro in the teams' annual Thanksgiving matchup.

Rutgers’ Gary Nova, other quarterbacks try to make more with less reps
PISCATAWAY — A large grayscale portrait of Gary Nova hanging in Rutgers’ football facility is all the senior needs to reaffirm he’s very much still a part of the Scarlet Knights’ plans.

Rutgers spring practice: Quarterback Blake Rankin decides to transfer | NJ.com
Rankin, who hadn't taken a snap in two years, fell behind in the QB competition this spring.

B1G Move

Rutgers football has many possibilities in Big Ten | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
The Big Ten offices are coming to the East Coast and eventually so will the conference's rivalries.

Penn State coach James Franklin on a rivalry with Rutgers: 'It makes sense in a lot of different ways' | NJ.com
As Big Ten play draws closer, Rutgers-Penn State rivalry comes into focus.

Rutgers, Big Ten talk of perfect marriage as New York City enters fold
Rutgers’ first conference game remains more than five months away, but the Big Ten is already embracing its footprint on the East Coast, announcing Thursday it will open a New York City office. The addition of Rutgers and Maryland are heavy influences

Maryland, Rutgers confident about chances in B10 - Yahoo Sports Canada
Read 'Maryland, Rutgers confident about chances in B10' on Yahoo Sports Canada. Maryland and Rutgers will bring along a lot of familiar faces when they enter the Big Ten this fall. The experience is a big advantage for Maryland, coach Randy Edsall said. ''We fully expect to be able to compete as we come into the Big Ten.'' Rutgers, which tied for sixth in its one year in the American Athletic Conference, has nine starters back on offense and seven on defense. Scarlet Knights coach Kyle Flood, like Edsall, is confident his team can hold up in the Big Ten.

Football Recruiting

Rutgers recruiting: Jordan Fox, St. Peter's Prep LB, to visit campus April 17 | NJ.com
St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) linebacker Jordan Fox, the No. 21 recruit in the NJ.com Top 50, will visit Rutgers on Apr. 17.

Rutgers recruiting: Knights offer Kalif Jackson, Florida WR with multiple Rutgers ties | NJ.com
The Scarlet Knights returned to Duncan U. Fletcher high in Neptune Beach, Fla. to offer 6-4, 200-pound wide receiver Kalif Jackson.

Rutgers recruiting: Knights offer Ohio book-end tackles, George Brown Jr. and Noah Listermann | NJ.com
The Rutgers staff delved into the Midwest, recently offering Winton Woods (Cincinnati, Ohio) book-end tackles George Brown Jr. and Noah Listermann. Brown, a 6-7, 265-pound national recruit, holds offers from all across the country, while Listermann stands 6-7, 295 pounds and holds eight tenders. Both are slated to visit Rutgers May. 17.

Rutgers recruiting: Myles Hartsfield and Dontae Strickland, members of the NJ.com Top 50, visit campus together | NJ.com
Myles Hartsfield and Dontae Strickland, Nos. 17 and 19 in the NJ.com Top 50, have developed a camaraderie over the past few months that has led to the tandem taking visits to potential collegiate destinations together. They had already visited Penn State and Temple together, and stopped by their state school, Tuesday.

Rutgers recruiting: Shane Simpson, Pennsylvania RB, gives trip to campus high marks | NJ.com
Shane Simpson, 5-10, 180-pound running back from Easton (Pa.) Area high, took an unofficial visit to Rutgers Thursday.

Knight Life

Rutgers long jumper Corey Crawford chases records while his ESPN 'SportsCenter' anchor father pushes him forward | NJ.com
With a competitive relationship, father and son keep each other motivated

Rutgers wins women's NIT over UTEP 56-54 | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
Led by guards, sophomore Kahleah Copper and freshman Tyler Scaife, the Rutgers Scarlet Knights held on to defeat the UTEP Miners 56-54 in the WNIT championship game.

2014 NFL mock draft: Mel Kiper Jr. thinks Rutgers WR Brandon Coleman should be a third-round pick | NJ.com
ESPN draft expert has Coleman ranked as the 14th best wide receiver in this class.

Prominent N.J. sportswriter Luicci to join Rutgers athletics department | MyCentralJersey.com | mycentraljersey.com
Upon receiving his diploma from Rutgers in 1977, Tom Luicci, the rabble-rouser sports editor of The Daily Targum student newspaper, made one promise to then-University president Edward J. Bloustein.

Knights use technology to improve physical, mental skills - The Daily Targum: Women's Golf
Technology’s innovations have allowed people to achieve things today that one would not have thought possible in past years. The Rutgers women’s golf team has taken advantage of an innovative technological invention, called VISION54. VISION54 is a technologically innovative device dedicated to the game of golf that helps a golfer concentrate on their individual game.

Knights hitters eye rebound vs Hawks - The Daily Targum: Baseball
After Columbia induced two ground outs and a strikeout, the Rutgers baseball team ended its game Wednesday with a 1-2-3 bottom of the ninth inning. Following a 13-2 loss to the Lions, where the Scarlet Knights were only able to collect five hits, head coach Joe Litterio was less than pleased with Rutgers’ performance and took no consolation in the loss.

Rutgers enters crucial home finale - The Daily Targum: Lacrosse
Nine days ago, the Rutgers men’s lacrosse team faced Big East rival St. John’s in a pivotal conference matchup and earned an important victory. The Scarlet Knights (7-5, 2-2) face Villanova (4-6, 2-1) tomorrow night in yet another crucial conference matchup in their final home game at High Point Solutions Stadium.Tennis overmatched in home loss, falls to Rutgers - Sports - The Setonian - Seton Hall University

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