Rutgers football picked up their 19th verbal commitment in the 2018 class on Friday morning, as 3-star defensive end Matthew Thomas pledged to the program.
Thomas is from Midwood high school in Brooklyn, New York and also plays tight end, although it’s thought he will compete for a spot on the defensive line at Rutgers. According to 24/7 Sports, Thomas also held offers from Wake Forest, Temple, Buffalo, as well as several FCS schools. The 6’3”, 240 pound prospect helps to fill a need for Rutgers in adding talent to the defensive line and is the only current commit to play that position.
He is rated as the 13th rated player in New York for the class of 2018 and is the sixth commit for Rutgers from the Empire state, all of whom are ranked in the top 15, per 24/7 Sports. They include receiver/linebacker Zihir Lacewell (4th), athlete Amad Anderson (5th), wide receiver Paul Woods (12th), Stevie Scott (14th), and athlete Kessawn Abraham (15th). The 2018 crop of prospects in New York for this class is generally considered one of the best the state has had in years.
In terms of the current national recruiting rankings, 24/7 Sports has Rutgers as 10th in the Big Ten and 46th in the country. Of the current 19 commits for Rutgers, 18 are 3-star prospects. With the season set to begin one week from now, the program hopes to continue to build momentum on the recruiting trail.
Welcome to the banks, Matthew Thomas!