As always, the link is to scarletknights.com. Assorted (extremely rushed) thoughts:
- Previously announced in some form (but not by the athletic department) transfers are CB Abdul Smith (Temple), RT Richard Muldrow (Richmond), C Matt Hardison (Delaware), walk-on TE Tony Trahan (Texas Tech), walk-on WR Carl Harris (Southern Illinois).
- "New" transfers/departures are WR Julian Hayes, WR Eddie Poole, and LB Morgan Carter. It's odd to see the latter two players transfer this early into their college careers, but neither had received any mentions during spring practice. Poole missed time last year due to a cooking accident, and now he conveniently follows former RU receivers coach Brian Jenkins back to the state of Florida.
- Of the incoming recruiting class, OL Rob Forst has decided not to play football in college, and three recruits did not qualify in WR/ATH Tejay Johnson, DE Djwany Mera, and DT Ken Kirksey. The latter two had been rumored for a while, but it's a blow to lose arguably the best incoming receiver prospect in Johnson. Fortunately Rutgers still has five other potential receivers in the class. Now the three are supposedly heading to prep school. Hope that works out better than when other non-qualifiers (Rashad White, Markus White) opted for Junior College and never made it back to campus. Not having Mera and Kirksey exacerbates the need to recruit DL this year.
- My scholarship count with the transfers/non-qualifiers, counting Barbieri (who Paul Franklin said was on scholarship several weeks back) is 81. If it's that low then no transfers were probably pushed out. Does that mean any remaining ships for this year go to walk-ons? Are they being saved for January?