The Scarlet Knights added to their already impressive recruiting class on Wednesday when Union defensive end Mike Tverdov announced his commitment to Rutgers.
If the last name "Tverdov" sounds familiar, it's because it is. Mike's older brother, Pete Tverdov, played at Rutgers during the mid-2000s. Pete spent four years at Rutgers, and led the team in tackles for loss as a senior in 2008. Now, Mike looks to follow in his footsteps.
Tverdov is a three-star recruit, and 247Sports lists him as the 27th-ranked New Jersey recruit for the 2017 class. The site also lists him as the top defensive end in the Garden State.
The 6-3, 235-pounder shows great feet and balance coming off the edge, and has the persistence to set his sights for the ball carrier and lay a big hit at the most opportune time. Even when he doesn't beat his man immediately, he demonstrates solid patience that allows him to get in on the play by shedding the blocker and bringing down a runner before he can hit the open field.
Tverdov holds a total of 14 offers, including scholarships from Indiana, Minnesota, Purdue, Pitt, Virginia Tech, Syracuse, and Boston College. However, Rutgers was always viewed as the favorite for his services after he made several visits last season, and then built a good rapport with the new coaching staff over the past few months.
His commitment brings Rutgers' 2017 class up to 20 total commits, and has the Scarlet Knights ranked 18th in the nation by 247 sports and fourth in the Big Ten.
Chris Ash continues his lockdown of the Garden State, as Rutgers now has commitments from the state's top dual-threat quarterback (Johnathan Lewis), running back (Jonathan Taylor), wide receiver (Bo Melton), offensive tackle (Micah Clark), center (Owen Bowles), and defensive end (Tverdov).
Take a look at Tverdov's film right here:
Welcome to the Banks, Mike!