Rutgers football had a busy weekend hosting many recruits on their official visits and they are having a successful run in adding talent to the program. The top kicker in New Jersey, Justin Davidovicz, committed to Rutgers on Saturday and it was reported that defensive end Tijuan Mason committed yesterday. Brendan Devera, an athlete from Wayne Hills, announced his pledge to the program this morning, making him the third recruit to do so in as many days.
Devera played linebacker and quarterback at Wayne Hills, leading them to the North 1, Group 4 Sectional title this past fall. However, indications are Rutgers recruited Devera to play H-back, per this report by NJ Advance Media’s Todderick Hunt. Devera indicated new Rutgers offensive coordinator Jerry Kill pursued him since his arrival and envisions him contributing as a hybrid between a tight end and fullback/running back.
Rutgers didn’t offer the versatile in-state player until this past weekend on his visit to campus. Devera had committed to FCS school Delaware earlier this month, but he decided to flip his commitment after Rutgers made their offer.
According to 247 Sports, Devera was receiving interest from other power five teams such as Indiana, Boston College, Maryland and West Virginia, but had not received offers from them yet. UConn had offered Devera under former coach Bob Diaco, but he has since been replaced by Randy Edsall. He did hold multiple FCS offers, including from Fordham, New Hampshire, and Delaware.
The 6’2”, 230 pound athlete claimed to Hunt in this article that he has performed a 405-pound bench press, 605-pound squat and 4.6-second 40-yard dash. While not a highly rated recruit, Devera is physically strong and the type of player that Rutgers hopes to develop in their spread offense under Kill.
He joins former high school teammate Tyler Hayek, a wide receiver from Wayne Hills, who committed to the 2017 recruiting class last summer. To see an updated list of the current class, click here. National signing day is just 9 days away on February 1st.
Welcome to Rutgers Brendan! Here are his senior year highlights.