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Early Signing Period: Donovan Bunch Signs With Rutgers Football

Defensive Back has tremendous speed.

Cincinnati v Rutgers
Could Bunch be the next Marcus Cooper?
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Donovan Bunch committed to Rutgers way back in April. The Atco native signed Wednesday luckily without drama.

Bunch has incredible straight line speed with or without the ball. He’s a faster, though not as thick version of Rashad Knight, but runs a lower risk of being a bust because he seems to have some of Kiy Hester’s instincts. Crank up the hype machine as Bunch has a chance to step into a rotational cornerback role right out of the gate. The reason he wouldn’t is only if he needs to work on his initial footwork in coverage because he possesses elite athleticism that prevents him from needing perfect technique in high school.

Position: CB (5’11”, 162 lbs.)

High School: Winslow Twp

Hometown: Atco, NJ

Most notable other offers: N.C. State, Georgia Tech, West Virginia

Bunch arrives at Rutgers to a cornerback room that suddenly has a new, but familiar face in Henry Baker. They need to replace four year starters Bless Austin and Isaiah Wharton, but return Avery Young and the injured Tre Avery. The staff has struggled to develop corners as virtually everyone who has played the position under Ash got game reps as a true freshman. As a result, talented players will be in games right away.

Floor: Rashad Knight

Most likely: Kiy Hester

Potential: Marcus Cooper

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