Chris Ash has made it clear that he has lofty expectations for his 2017 recruiting class, and has followed it up by bringing in some of the top players in New Jersey. But as a first year head coach, he likely knows how difficult it can be to develop an out-of-state recruiting base.
However, he and his staff continued to take steps in the right direction on Monday, offering several talented recruits from outside the Garden State. Here's a look at the newest offerees as Ash looks to expand the "State of Rutgers."
DT Jaylen Twyman (Washington, DC)
Twyman is a three-star interior lineman, and 247Sports has him as the fourth-ranked recruit from the District. While he excels as a run stuffer, perhaps his most impressive trait is his pass-rushing prowess. He blows past offensive linemen with ease, showing great burst as soon as the ball is snapped. He constantly finds himself in the backfield, and uses sound tackling skills to bring down the ball carrier. He also shows an ability to beat double teams. Twyman was a hot commodity on Monday, receiving three offers: Rutgers, South Carolina, and Southern Mississippi. He'll add those three to his list of 23 offers, which also includes Penn State, Maryland, Michigan State, Louisville, Pitt, and Tennessee.
CB Eric Coley (Manlius, NY)
While Coley is listed as a cornerback, his speed makes him a valuable asset on both sides of the field. As a defender, he is a fierce competitor when tasked with covering a receiver. He is able to keep up with just about any receiver, and has a keen sense of where the ball is so he can swoop in and bat it away at the last second. Coley is also a threat on plays where he is not being challenged, as his quickness allows him to track down a ball carrier on the opposite side of the field to bring him down. On offense, he often receives a direct snap and takes off. He would make for an interesting gadget player in the Mehringer offense. Rutgers is the tenth team to offer Coley, joining Syracuse, Bowling Green, Toledo, Buffalo, and others.
Blessed to receive an offer from Rutgers University⚫️⚪️ ⚪️ pic.twitter.com/AMwY1knfgA— Eric Coley (DOBE) (@E_too_col) May 23, 2016
ATH Jeremiah Owusu-Koramoah (Hampton, VA)
JOK (the nickname I'm giving him because I'm lazy) couldn't be more perfectly categorized as an athlete. The 6-2, 197-pounder is a pure athlete who can contribute all over the field. On offense, he lines up at receiver and uses his long arms to gain an advantage on defenders. On the other side, he is a hard-hitting, heat-seeking missile of a defensive back. He is currently listed as a three-star recruit, but I wouldn't be surprised to see his stock rise further if he has a strong senior year. According to 247Sports, Rutgers offered JOK on Tuesday. The Scarlet Knights are going up against Virginia, N.C. State, Wake Forest, Army, and others for his services.
OT Jackson Carman & ILB Malik Vann (Fairfield, OH)
Carman and Vann are both 2018 prospects, so they won't sign letters of intent for over 20 months. Still, the Rutgers staff is looking to make an early impression on both highly regarded teammates. Carman, a four-star, is the second-ranked recruit in Ohio, according to 247Sports. At 6-6, 290, he has the size and build to make it in college, which is why he has already received 29 offers, including some from powerhouses like Ohio State, Alabama, Clemson, Michigan, Michigan State, Notre Dame, Oregon, and others.
Vann, the tenth-ranked Ohio recruit, has a number of big offers of his own, including Ohio State, Notre Dame, Michigan State, Oregon, Tennessee, and others. In all, he holds 16 offers at this time. Vann is a monster to opposing blockers, using a blend of power and quickness to get to where he needs to go. Whether it's in the middle or on the outside, Vann finds a way to disrupt a lot of plays.
Carman is considered a heavy Ohio State lean right now, while Vann seems to be favoring the Buckeyes and Notre Dame. With so much time left until NSD 2018, hopefully Ash and Co. can find a way to pull off the coup of bringing aboard this pair of talented players out of enemy territory.