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Early Signing Period: Anton Oskarsson Signs With Rutgers Football

Offensive lineman third Swede to join RU in as many years.

Rutgers v North Carolina
Oskarsson could be the next Bujari on the line.
Photo by Gregory Shamus/Getty Images

Anton Oskarsson’s recruitment remained relatively quiet for the past five months since he verbally committed to Rutgers over fourth of July weekend. The Swedish native signed with to the Scarlet Knights following in the footsteps of fellow countrymen Sam Vretman and Robin Jutwreten, both already on the Scarlet Knights roster.

Oskarsson participated in football with the Swedish under 17 National Team. Originally listed at 270 pounds when he committed, the agility is there. In the highlights it’s difficult to tell if he should be finishing his blocks better or once his man is on the ground he is being coached to then block a linebacker at the next level. He does appear overpowering when he squares up his man, so he has the physically tools to adjust to U.S. competition.

Position: OL (6’5”, 285 lbs.)

Program: Sveriges Amerikansk Fotbollsförfund

Hometown: Stockholm, Sweden

Most notable offers: Umass, Eastern Michigan (Penn State and Michigan also interested)

Oskarsson arrives at Rutgers to an offensive line group that has a lot of bodies, but needs to add difference makers. Until Rutgers can establish a competent passing game, everyone on the offensive line needs to be at least an average run blocker with the athleticism to grow into a pass protector. Remember that offensive linemen usually take at least until their second, more often their third, and sometimes even their 4th year in the program to really contribute.

Worst case: Matt McBride

Most likely: Zach Heeman

Best case: Betim Bujari

Check out his highlights below:

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