The Rutgers football coaching staff continues to put work on the recruiting trail and hosted a number of official visitors this weekend. One more of them had an announcement Tuesday night to Rutgers and should sign as soon as Wednesday, the beginning of the early signing period. The Scarlet Knights secured a verbal commitment from Kyle Monangai of Don Bosco Prep, Tuesday.
Rutgers is believed to have been Kyle’s 2nd Power Five offer per 247, having chose RU over Cal. At 5’9” and 205 pounds, Monangai is a three-star prospect, the 50th best player in New Jersey for the 2020 class, the 141st best running back available according to the 247 composite which includes other sources. That’s deceiving though because he has a specialist skill set.
Monangai has a lot of Raheem Blackshear in him. He catches the ball on a variety of routes including the wheel down both sidelines. He is a smooth receiver and runs well after the catch. As a runner he is a little more developed physically than Blackshear at the high school level. He makes defenders miss on the perimeter and gains speed when running diagonally.
Monangai is at worst a three-star prospect who will compete hard in practice and provide depth like Desmon Peoples did during his career. Best case Kyle is a able to contribute as a freshman like Blackshear.
I like the pickup because Rutgers continuing to rebuild the pipeline with the Bergen county schools is critical. They also need speed.
Monangai is the first true running back in this class. The fifteen total verbal commits thus far each have a 3-star rating in the latest 247 composite rankings that has seen Rutgers skyrocket from 105th about a week ago to the low 60s. The coaching staff knows that to get as many potential playmakers as possible.
Monangai’s senior highlights can be viewed below:
Welcome to the banks Kyle!