With players set to report to fall training camp on July 31st for Rutgers football, we now know of one player on the roster during spring ball that is no longer with the program. Bobby Deren of Scarlet Nation reported late Wednesday night that Zihir Lacewell is transferring to Garden City Community College in Kansas for this coming season.
Lacewell was the third highest rated prospect signed in the 2018 recruiting class for head coach Chris Ash. As a wide receiver last season, he played in four games but mostly on special teams, registering three tackles. It was considered a redshirt season under the rule and he has four years of eligibility remaining.
It was reported that Lacewell had moved to the defensive side of the ball during spring camp and was slated to compete at training camp at the safety position. It’s a position group that lacks depth and Lacewell excelled at linebacker at Tottenville High school, so he had potential to transition successfully on that side of the ball. The former three-star recruit is reportedly going to play safety at Garden City CC as well.
Lacewell’s departure opens up an additional scholarship for the 2020 recruiting class, which is said to have about 15 spots available. There are currently seven recruits verbally committed to Rutgers at the moment.
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