Rutgers sends offers to duo of 3-star recruits
In the same week where they lost 3-star running back Johnathan Lovett, Rutgers stayed hot on the recruiting trail, offering scholarships to two 3-star out-of-state prospects. The first was Zion DeBose, a weakside defensive end from North Rowan High School in Spencer, North Carolina. According to 247Sports, DeBose is the 39th ranked WDE and the 25th ranked recruit in the state of North Carolina.
Blessed to receive a scholarship offer from Rutgers! pic.twitter.com/2fUceq5n2m— M.E.E.T ! (@Zion_LifeGoesOn) November 15, 2016
The second offer went to fellow weakside defensive end Tijuan Mason. Mason is a 3-star prospect from Trezevant High School in Memphis, Tennessee. This offer is especially interesting because WDE seems to be a position that Rutgers has some depth at in this recruiting class, and Mason has been committed to Purdue since this past June. Mason is the 82nd ranked WDE and the 40th ranked athlete in Tennessee.
Speaking of Lovett, the Cherokee High School running back will be at The Birthplace this Saturday for Rutgers’ matchup with #8 Penn State. Although Lovett decomitted, he reportedly is still open to signing with Rutgers. He is even mentioned in saying that he will still take his scheduled official visit on December 9th. Playing a hard, physical game against a top-10 team with a loud, supportive crowd on hand could go a long way in getting Lovett committed once again.
In what is one of the more bizarre stories of the 2016 New Jersey high school football season, Rutgers commit and 3-star safety Tyler Hayek has been cleared of any wrong-doing by the New Jersey State Interscholastic Athletic Association’s Eligibility Appeals Committee. The dispute centers around whether or not Hayek and his brother Hunter had established a new residency when they made their move from Woodland Park to Wayne. The ruling means that the North Jersey, Section 1, Group 4 playoffs will begin this Friday with Wayne Hills representing as the number one seed in the bracket.