A week after it was reported that Brendan Devera had been released from the Rutgers football team due to a violation of team rules, along with K.J. Gray, his brother Tyler, a recent pledge in the class of 2019, announced that he was reopening his recruitment and decommiting from the program.
Tyler is a 3-star tight end from Bergen Catholic who was set to be reunited with his brother, as well as his former high school coach, Nunzio Campanile, who is now the running backs coach at Rutgers. It’s not surprising that Tyler would want to explore other options after his brother was let go from the team. He spoke with Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media about the decision and cited the following as reasons in this article as to why he decided to decommit:
”Definitely what happened with my brother and everything. He was a big factor into why I wanted to go there. None of the coaches have contacted me since he’s been removed from the team to even say we still want you or anything like that. They just kind of led me away and made me feel like I wasn’t wanted there.”
Note: The Rutgers staff, however, did reach out to Tyler Devera the night before his brother Brendan’s dismissal, to re-assure him that he’s still wanted at Rutgers.
Devera told Hunt other schools like Kent State, Western Michigan, and Michigan State as potential landing spots.
After this news, the 2019 recruiting class for Rutgers football currently has 10 verbal commits as of now, all of them ranked as 3-star recruits in the 247 Sports composite rankings. The class is ranked 13th in the Big Ten and 61st nationally with about five months until the early signing day. In the current class, Rutgers does have one other tight end still committed in the Hun School’s Dylan Deveney, who previously played at Shawnee with current Scarlet Knight Daevon Robinson.