Ohio State is used to beating teams in dominating fashion, and new Rutgers head football coach Chris Ash brought that mentality with him to his introductory press conference on Monday. Total domination from start to finish; Ash was explicit, definitive, and motivational when speaking about the reasons he felt that Rutgers could be a top-class program in the Big Ten, and what he was going to do about it to ensure it's reality.
If you watched the presser, you probably wanted to run through a brick wall for Ash, just as I did. That sentiment was carried across the internet, as current commits and potential targets already begun buying into the #FightorFlight mantra that Ash has apparently brought with him to Piscataway. However, as expected, there was some turbulence among the current 2016 recruiting class, with the Scarlet Knights seeing their second decommitment in a week. One of the top wide receiver commits for 2016, Ahmed Bah (NY), announced he has re-opened his recruitment after discussing all options with his parents. He told 247Sports that he will announce on National Signing Day, but that Rutgers is still his top choice. I reached out to those close to his teammate Taysir Mack, and he is still committed to RU as of right now; but keep an eye on that possibly changing if Bah has a major influence on his teammate.
On top of Bah's indecision with Rutgers, the school's top defensive line commit Tymir Oliver decommitted on Twitter on December 4, not citing a specific reason, just stating that he'll revisit his decision after the season is over.
I personally reached out to Anthony Russo in regards to rumors that he has decommitted, after removing all Rutgers-related information from his Twitter account, and he told me "I have no decommitted. My coaches have asked me not to take interviews at this time, thank you".
Last night, new head coach Chris Ash offered three-star New Brunswick linebacker Maurice Ffrench, who committed to Pitt just five days after visiting RU for a camp.
Ffrench has seen an uptick in the Crystal Ball predictor, who many now believe will flip to Rutgers and join Ash and company starting in 2016.
KJ Sails, a three-star cornerback out of Florida was very excited by the Ash news, so much so that he engaged with many #CHOPNation fans about Rutgers being back in the mix as one of his top choices.
Coach Ash To Rutgers that's Major !!!!— KJ Sails Jr 9⃣‼️ (@KJ2LiVE) December 6, 2015
Below you can see Sail's 247Sports profile, which has a heavy lean towards Wisconsin at 88%
Stay tuned to On The Banks through Signing Day as there's expected to be a lot of movement both ways for the Scarlet Knights 2016 class. You can also follow Chris on twitter to stay up to date with all the latest Rutgers recruiting information by following him @DoughertyCFB.