Rutgers added another in-state prospect today when Woodrow Wilson cornerback Edwin Lopez announced his commitment to the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers commit Edwin Lopez with his team. pic.twitter.com/jn2wyqaRUV— Sam Hellman (@SamHellmanScout) June 1, 2016
The Camden native announced last Thursday that he would be making his decision today. He also revealed that he had narrowed his options down to four: Rutgers, Boston College, Temple, and Tulane.
"Tank" is a three-star recruit according to Rivals, and the site ranks him the 25th-ranked player in New Jersey. Rutgers first offered him on February 14 when he visited campus for Junior Day.
Back in March, Lopez told Todderick Hunt of NJ.com that Rutgers was the team pursuing him the hardest, and that he would love to stay home to play college football.
Lopez was originally expected to announce his collegiate decision after his senior season at Woodrow Wilson, but clearly things have changed and he feels comfortable enough with his decision to pledge to the Scarlet Knights months ahead of schedule.
The 6-1, 185-pounder has great ball skills, and has the potential to be a great playmaker on defense. He has the hands to take advantage of opposing quarterbacks' mistakes, and he possesses great moves that allow him to make the other team look silly as he takes it to the house.
The "Tank" moniker is well-deserved, as Lopez is an aggressive defender who has a keen ability to get under the skin of a wide receiver in man coverage, and can lay some devastating hits on ball carriers. His tenacity and fearlessness no doubt appealed to Chris Ash and defensive coordinator Jay Niemann.
Rutgers was the third team to offer Lopez, behind Temple and N.C. State. In the months that followed, he also received offers from the previously mentioned Boston College and Tulane, along with Louisiana Tech, Monmouth, Syracuse, and Buffalo.
Lopez is the 11th member of Rutgers' 2017 recruiting class, and the fourth defender, joining cornerback Naijee Jones and two-way players Tim Barrow and Bryce Watts.
Welcome to the banks, Edwin!