Colonia OLB Solomon Manning has officially joined the Scarlet Knights, signing with the program on Wednesday.
Manning, a three-star recruit, has been committed to Rutgers since last June, and stuck with the program even after the recent coaching shake-up. In addition to Rutgers, Manning held offers from North Carolina, Pitt, Syracuse, and others.
Manning is the highest ranked NJ recruit Rutgers has received a commitment from this year, as he is the 15th ranked prospect from the Garden State (grumble grumble we need to recruit better in NJ grumble grumble). Manning is a hard-hitting, strong tackler - something that Rutgers fans should enjoy after seeing some less-than-stellar tackling last season.
Freshman Impact Index: 7 - Rutgers will be looking to replace Quentin Gause, Kaiwan Lewis and Steve Longa - all three starting linebackers from last season. At 6-1, 200, Manning will probably need to bulk up a bit, but has plenty of time to do so. Manning has enrolled early, and will get a chance to turn some heads this spring. Assuming he shows well in the spring and summer, he should be in line for regular snaps with the defense in the fall.
Take a look at Manning's film right here:
Welcome to the banks, Solomon!
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