Recently, On the Banks introduced two of Rutgers 2015 preferred walk-on commitments, Max Anthony and Chris Parker. Coach Flood keeps adding to a very solid walk-on haul, with two commitments in the past 24 hours. Legendary NFL coach Bill Parcells was notorious for consistently trying to build his roster from the bottom up, focusing on the last 5 guys on the team. Is Coach Flood displaying a similar knack for upgrading the team by adding overlooked prospects? Here's a look at the new additions, DT Nick Roman and WR/TE JoJo Gause.
Nick Roman, DT (Milford Academy)
At 6'6" 325 lbs, Nick Roman has prototypical B1G nose tackle size. The massive run-stopper and disruptive force is a welcome addition to a D-Line depth chart that loses a few key contributors in Ken Kirksey and Dave Milewski. Roman played a year at Milford Academy, which is looking more and more like a farm team for Rutgers, after academic issues prevented him from qualifying out of high school.
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In high school, Roman played Offensive Tackle for Wallenpaupack Area HS in Hawley, PA. Roman popped on Rutgers radar by chance, as LB coach Bob Fraser was at his high school visiting 2016 LB prospect Rashawn Battle, according to Scout.
Roman looks like a tremendous late pick-up for Coach Flood, especially without costing one of 85 scholarship spots.
Jojo Gause, WR/TE (Milford Academy)
Another Milford Academy standout, 6'4" 223 pound WR/TE JoJo Gause also pledged to Rutgers. Is that last name familiar? JoJo is current Knight LB Quentin Gause's brother. Gause qualified out of high school, but according to Todderick Hunt, chose to spend a year at Milford to broaden his opportunities, which only included an offer from Old Dominion as a high school player. Coach Fraser is also Gause's primary recruiter. Gause will play either WR or TE at Rutgers. Gause played for Bishop Kearny HS in Rochester, NY.
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Both players will have five years to play four at Rutgers, because prep school does not count against eligibility.