Rutgers football picked up its 20th verbal commitment for the 2018 recruiting class on Saturday afternoon, as 3-star athlete Travon King pledged to the program
He is from Woodrow Wilson high school in Camden, which is the same high school that freshman defensive back Edwin Lopez played at.
King chose between a final list of eight schools that included Boston College, Florida International, Houston, N.C. State, Purdue, Temple, UCF and Rutgers. He had originally planned to announce on August 7th, but pushed back his date. Which position King ultimately plays for the Scarlet Knights is yet to be determined. Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media wrote this about King back in July:
“King's length and versatility have served as a plus in his recruitment. He can play a number of positions in college including linebacker, rush end, safety and wide receiver.”
Hunt lists King as the 17th best prospect in his Top 50 list for all classes in the state of New Jersey.
Last year as a junior, King proved he can perform on offense, where he had 390 receiving yards and six touchdowns, and defense, where he produced 44 tackles and an eye opening 15 sacks. Rutgers needs talent on both sides of the ball and King brings a lot of potential with him to the program.
King is the 19th 3-star commitment for Rutgers in their current twenty member 2018 recruiting class. He is the 5th commit from New Jersey, which includes running back Isaih Pacheco from Vineland, safety Zamir Mickens from St. Peter’s Prep, as well as cornerbacks Deion Jennings from Timber Creek and Jarrett Paul from Paramus Catholic, who recently moved from New York. Rutgers has done fairly well in South Jersey with this class and the hiring of Omar Hales, who left Temple to become the Director of Recruiting Communications for the Scarlet Knights, has likely played a part in that.
Rutgers has also done well in New York with this class, picking up their sixth commitment from the Empire State yesterday in 3-star defensive end, Matthew Thomas.
While Rutgers hasn’t landed any top rated recruits in the 2018 cycle so far, the staff has done a really good job of accumulating many versatile and talented prospects with a lot of potential. After a 2-10 campaign last year, heading into the 2017 season with this recruiting haul is extremely respectable. With progress on the field this season, positive momentum will only continue to build.
In terms of where Rutgers stands at the moment, 24/7 Sports composite rankings list the Scarlet Knights as 10th in the Big Ten and 45th in the country.
Welcome to the banks, Travon King!