Rutgers landed their second recruit today, and their fifth in four days with the announcement by Olajunle Fatukasi, a 3-star outside linebacker from Grand Street (Brooklyn) HS.
His announcement is the second one today, and the second from New York City, coming on the heels of the announcement by from Shameen Jones from Cardinal Hayes (Bronx) HS just hours earlier.
As Sam Hellman from Scout tweeted:
Rutgers is hotter than Hansel right now. https://t.co/oTb1VxENwN— Sam Hellman (@SamHellmanScout) June 28, 2016
Fatukasi was offered by the Scarlet Knights back in February, his first of 11 offers.
The outside linebacker is a sure tackler, and plays a very physical style of defense that could make him a star on Chris Ash and Jay Niemann's team. Even when he's not near the play, he hustles and plays until the whistle. If a ball carrier makes a man miss, there's a good chance Fatukasi will be there to take him down with a full head of steam.
Fatukasi picked Rutgers over offers from Maryland, Indiana, Temple, Boston College, and others.
He is the 18th member of the 2017 class, and the whopping fifth recruit to commit to the Scarlet Knights in the last four days. Fatukasi is the third linebacker of the class, joining C.J. Onyechi and Maryland's Tyshon Fogg, who committed on Sunday. He will become the third Grand Street Campus alum on Rutgers' roster, reuniting with redshirt freshman defensive lineman Kamaal Seymour and incoming freshman wide receiver Ahmed Bah.
The Scarlet Knights continue to build a solid recruiting base in the Empire State, as three of the top eleven prospects in New York are Rutgers commits.
Rutgers is now listed as a remarkable No. 16 in the nation on 247Sports' class rankings. Katukasi's commitment leapfrogs the Scarlet Knights over Iowa to No. 3 in the Big Ten, sitting behind just Ohio State and Michigan.
It's hard to be much hotter than Rutgers is right now. With seven scholarships still available for the 2017 class, it's anyone's guess as to what happens next. Let the good times roll.
Take a look at Fatukasi's film right here:
Welcome to the banks, Olakunle!