The Scarlet Knights announced a commitment from Defensive Tackle Rayyan Buell from New York. His signature was announced by Rutgers on twitter.
Buell is a high three-star prospect who may have been difficult to project early in the recruiting cycle. He played running back in high school and it’s incredible to watch defenders try and take him down. He moves very smoothly on both sides of the ball (including also at linebacker), but will need to get stronger to play in the Big Ten trenches. Someone with his short area quickness could excel at defensive tackle if he can maintain that while putting on strength. His offer list is not long, but at this stage of the recruiting cycle taking a gamble on a guy with such high potential at the risk of being a tweener is something Rutgers should have done. It may take him some time to improve as a defensive lineman because he has not been focused at that one position, whereas the majority of guys who get recruited at that spot have been doing it their whole life.
Position: DL (6’2”, 270 lbs.)
High School: Hornell
Hometown: Hornell, NY
Most notable other offers: Rice
Rutgers needs help on the defensive line and Buell arrives at Rutgers to a defensive line group that loses Kevin Wilkins and Jon Bateky, their two best and most experienced players. The defensive line always seems to sustain losses as players usually take a year or two to be ready for the college level and the rotation goes as many as ten deep on a good year. Rutgers needs to add as many three-star talents as possible and hope a few transform themselves into true disruptors.
Floor: Ron’Dell Carter
Most likely: Marcus Thompson
Best case: Eric Foster
Here are some of Buell’s highlights:
Welcome to the banks Rayyan!