On Sunday night, Rutgers football added its fourth member of the class of 2019, as 3-star Donovan Bunch verbally committed to the program.
Bunch holds over a dozen FBS offers including Maryland, West Virginia, Duke, N.C. State, Syracuse, Virginia, Boston College, Georgia Tech, and Pitt, among others per 247 Sports. Rutgers was the first school to offer the talented cornerback from Atco (Winslow Township) in South Jersey back in January. Bunch committed Sunday while on campus for a barbecue held by the program for recruits.
His father played wide receiver at Penn State in the eighties.
During his junior season in 2017, Bunch totaled 36 tackles, had 3 interceptions, deflected 2 passes and had 1 forced fumble on the defensive end. In addition, Bunch caught 22 receptions for 367 yards and 2 touchdowns, while rushing for one score and returning one kickoff for a touchdown. Bunch projects as a cornerback at the next level.
The 5’11” defensive back is ranked as the 17th best prospect in New Jersey for the class of 2019. Rutgers now has four players verbally committed in this recruiting cycle and all are ranked as top 30 prospects in the garden state, per 247 Sports composite rankings. The other three are QB Zamir Wise from Newark who is ranked 12th, as well as safety Donald Williams who is 27th and athlete Jaaron Hayek, who is ranked 30th.
Credit the staff for landing two defensive backs from South Jersey in the couple of weeks. Hiring cornerbacks coach Cory Robinson away from Temple appears to have made some immediate dividends on the recruiting trail.