Rutgers head coach Chris Ash has stated throughout his tenure that the staff is always looking to add talent to the program and they’ve been active in the transfer market since his arrival. Yesterday, they were able to land an intriguing player in former Georgia cornerback Jawuan Briscoe, who announced on twitter that he was transferring to Rutgers. He was on campus visiting this weekend.
Juwuan started four games last season for the SEC school, but lost his job early on in conference play. Briscoe finished the 2016 season with 16 tackles, 2 interceptions, and 2 fumble recoveries in 9 games. He will have to sit out next season and will be eligible for the 2018 & 2019 seasons.
Briscoe adds speed to a secondary that badly needs it. He ran a 4.43 40 yard dash back in high school in 2014, which can be seen below.
During his recruitment in high school, Briscoe chose Georgia over Ohio State. Ash has done a great job of tapping back into relationships with players he recruited out of high school. Arkansas graduate transfer Damon Mitchell was one, which helped land his brother and Michigan transfer Ahmir Mitchell. Ash has pulled in a few graduate transfers from power five conferences, including Ross Douglas from Michigan and Gus Edwards from Miami. Transfer Quarterback Zach Allen came from TCU of the Big XII as well.
Briscoe played defensive back and running back in high school, where he was named the Washington Post Defensive Player of the Year and was a Maryland consensus All-State player. He was rated a 3-star recruit by 247 Sports and Scout, but was a 4-star recruit according to Rivals and ESPN. His full bio from Georgia is here. He is listed as 5’11” and 192 pounds.
This is a great addition to the program and another example of the staff keeping all options open in making the roster better. Briscoe will have a year to acclimate into the program and should be expected to earn a spot on the two-deep for the 2018 season. It’s expected he will continue to play on the defensive side of the ball in the Rutgers secondary.
Welcome to the Banks, Juwuan!!