While you were out shoveling your car out of 17 feet of snow on Sunday morning, Rutgers added another name to its incoming recruiting class, as Bergen Catholic tight end Korab Idrizi announced that the has committed to the Scarlet Knights.
Id like to humbly announce my commitment to Rutgers University ⚫️ pic.twitter.com/EL2Aj5xv8G— Korab Idrizi (@Kidrizii) January 24, 2016
Idrizi is the 13th recruit to pledge to Rutgers, and the second commit brought in by head coach Chris Ash after LB Elorm Lumor flipped from Temple earlier this month.
The tight end is a three-star prospect according to 247Sports. The site also shows Idrizi held 14 offers before deciding on Rutgers. Among the other teams who offered him were Temple, Delaware, Buffalo, James Madison and Villanova. According to 247, he made an official visit to Rutgers on Friday, his first OV. He must have been impressed by Rutgers and Ash, as he announced his commitment just days later.
I took a look at Idrizi's film, and what stood out to me was his great hands. He seems to be a very reliable pass-catcher, and can even go up in the air to bring down a pass thrown a bit too high. His route running is also strong, as Idrizi is constantly able to elude defenders while also remaining in sync with his quarterback.
I was also impressed with Idrizi's ability to make plays on the outside, while also not being afraid to go over the middle and make a play, even if it means taking a hit. As a blocker, he is proficient, and remains a solid blocker even away from the line of scrimmage.
Projecting Idrizi's role as a freshman is tough. In 2015, Rutgers never quite found enough statistical production from its tight ends to make up for the loss of Tyler Kroft, but several players emerged as strong blockers that could catch a pass in a pinch. Specifically, Rutgers turned to Matt Flanagan and Nick Arcidiacono, while sprinkling in Charles Scarff. All three return for the Scarlet Knights in 2016, along with Nakia Griffin-Stewart, who redshirted his freshman year last season.
Still, there's definitely a lot of upside to Idrizi, and it wouldn't be surprising to see him make an impact during his first year on the banks.
Welcome to Rutgers, Korab!