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Early Signing Period: Tunde Fatukasi Signs With Rutgers Football

Offensive lineman has good bloodlines.

COLLEGE FOOTBALL: APR 14 Rutgers Spring Game
O3 to be joined by his brother.
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Tunde Fatukasi was honed in by Greg Schiano even before he took the job as Head Rutgers Football coach. On December 10, Tunde gave a verbal commitment to join his brother Olakunle on the banks. Wednesday it became official.

Rutgers needs offensive linemen who can play offensive tackle and there’s a chance Tunde could do just that. Watching his film from his sophomore and junior years, you can see how he looks stiff and relies on pure size and strength. By his senior year on both sides of the ball he shows much better feet, leg drive, and usage of his hands to direct his opposition to where he wants to go. He should be able to blow people back as an offensive guard, but may be needed to play tackle and hopefully he can continue to gain agility.

High School Position: DT/OT (6’4”, 295 lbs.)

Projected college position: Offensive guard

High School: Erasmus Hall

Hometown: Far Rockaway, NY

Most notable other offers: Buffalo, Bowling Green

The Rutgers Offensive Line left something to be desired in 2019. They could neither shove defenders back to open creases in the running game, nor hold up long enough to give quarterbacks time while throwing with enough consistency. The group loses two starters to graduation, but anyone who can step in and be a difference maker in any facet of the game will start. The rest of the group in Schiano’s first year will be cobbled together as there are plenty of three-star prospects on the roster, just no stars to build around.

Floor: Ryan Brodie

Most likely: Devon Watkis

Potential: Kaleb Johnson

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