Rutgers Football adds a boost to its kicking game in the class of 2018, as specialist Zach Sterr committed to the program on Tuesday night. Both a kicker and punter, Sterr had a four year varsity career at Absegami high school in Galloway, New Jersey. He is joining Rutgers as a preferred walk-on after being offered in November.
Extremely excited to announce that I am committing to further my athletic and academic career at Rutgers University ⚔️ Time for a new chapter in my life #RUKN18HTED #B1G @RFootball ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️ ⚔️ pic.twitter.com/jyvXEhf1F7— Zach Sterr (@zACh_sTERR) February 6, 2018
The south Jersey native also has a preferred walk-on offer from Maryland, but chose to play for his home state. The 6'1", 220 point Sterr is given a 4.5 star rating and ranked 77th in the 2018 class per ChrisSailerKicking.com . Here is how the reputable site for specialists describes Sterr and his potential:
"Zach is an excellent kicking/punting prospect. He has one of the stronger legs in his class and shows great all around college potential. Field goals are strong off the ground. He shows college level range and hits a consistent ball. Kickoffs are outstanding, a strength. He drives the ball deep with excellent hang time. Zach is also a talented punter. He has a great frame to compete at the college level at this position. A competitor that does well under pressure. He has the tools to play at the next level. I like his all around upside. Strong combo prospect. Nice addition for Rutgers."
Per that same site, Sterr has achieved the following accolades: The 2016 FBU Orlando Kickoff Champion, a 2017 Vegas XXIX Field Goal Finalist, and the 2017 NJ Spring Camp Kickoff Champion. Sterr set a record for his high school with 15 field goals and scored over 100 points in his four year varsity career. He also has a 4.0 GPA.
Sterr joins Australian punter Adam Korsak in the 2018 class for Rutgers. They join last season's kickoff specialist, rising sophomore Justin Davidovicz, as well as kicker/punter Gavin Haggerty and punter Michael Cintron.
Wednesday is National Signing Day, but Sterr won't need to sign a national letter of intent as a preferred walk-on. Rutgers signed 19 recruits in the 2018 class back in December during the early signing period. The program has since added commitments from JUCO transfer Malik Dixon, who is already enrolled, and Swedish defensive lineman Robin Jutwreten, who made it official on Wednesday morning. Rutgers also landed Boston College graduate transfer Johnathan Hilliman and the running back is already enrolled as well. Per 247 Sports, the 2018 recruiting class for Rutgers is ranked 53rd out of 130 FBS schools and 13th in the Big Ten.
Here are senior highlights for kicker/punter Zach Sterr.