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With Rutgers Football at 1-4, maybe worth a look at recruiting ranks

Just how bad - or good - is Chris Ash doing?

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BTN’s Gerry Dinardo does it almost weekly.

And with a bye week, maybe it’s worth it for us to take a quick look, too.

As reported by our David Anderson, RU lost a commit today in California QB Sean Chambers. Is that significant? Maybe, maybe not. Considering he’s looking at and being courted by Wyoming and Hawai’i, maybe New Jersey really wasn’t a realistic destination.

But almost the mid-point of the season, where is Rutgers in comparison to its conference mates and the nation in terms of recruiting?

We last posted on recruit rankings back in July. Scout and 247 Sports are now pretty much the same since 247 bought the other service. In their rankings, the Knights dropped one spot nationally but held steady within the conference. Rivals, on the other hand, showed Rutgers with a significant jump in the national rank, from 51 back in July to a very nice 38 now. Within the Big Ten, the jump was three spots to number 8.

Including Rutgers, Scout/247 had seven Big Ten schools falling in their rankings with Nebraska, with its very sketchy start to the season, showing the biggest drop of 16 spots. Rivals only had five B1G teams falling with Nebraska leading the way falling 25 spots to number 52.

Purdue, with its strong start under new coach Jeff Brohm, picked up the most new commits since July, getting verbals from six athletes. That was followed by Illinois and Michigan State which each added five more commitments.

Rutgers, with four additional commits since the summer, was tied with Michigan, Minnesota, and Indiana with that number of add-ons.

Of course, how all this pans out come February is anyone’s guess. Does Ash keep the class together if the losses continue? If the blowouts continue? How do you convince a 17 or 18 year old of anything rational?

At this point, while the on field results have been disappointing (at the least), the recruiting results are still acceptable. To those who say Ash can’t recruit, the numbers, at least for now, belie that. He’s holding his own against the conference and the nation’s best. It’s 69 days til the early signing date on December 20 and a lot more til February 7. We shall see.

UPDATE: 3-star WR E.J. Turner decommitted Tuesday night, story here.

Previous posts on the recruiting rankings:

July 2017

June 2017