UPDATE: Jones decommitted on Saturday, click here.
It’s official, the Rutgers football coaching staff has caught fire on the recruiting trail. For the third consecutive day, the program picked up a commitment for the class of 2018. This one is the biggest, in terms of physical size, as 6’5”, 365 pound offensive lineman Travis Jones from Connecticut has given a verbal pledge to Chris Ash. The news was first reported by Richie Schnyderite of Rivals via this tweet.
Although Jones is not rated, he certainly has the size that Rutgers desperately needs on the offensive line to be able to make the climb up the ladder in the Big Ten East. Jones also held offers from Temple, Boston College, Buffalo, and UConn, per Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media. Jones was first offered by Rutgers last weekend after a strong performance at the East Coast Elite Camp hosted by the program. All of his offers came soon after this past week. Hunt named Jones as a standout performer at the The Opening NJ Regional in early May here. He has praised Jones in regards to his footwork, lower body strength, balance and ability to block smaller, quicker defenders.
The coaching staff obviously see a lot of potential in Jones, who plays at Wilbur Cross high school in New Haven, Connecticut. While he will need to develop under offensive line coach AJ Blazek, the old saying is that you can’t teach size. A priority will definitely be to get this young man into the weight room and have strength and conditioning coach Kenny Parker go to work with him. Jones could be molded into a brick wall on the Rutgers line in the future.
Jones is now the eighth commit of the 2018 recruiting class and sixth to commit since late last week. After a slow start to this cycle, Ash and company have gotten on a roll.
Welcome to the banks, Travis!