Keshon Griffin had been committed since March of this year so it was merely a formality for him to make it official Wednesday. Adding defensive lineman is a big need and signing Griffin is an important one for Greg Schiano and the coaching staff.
The Scarlet Knights could use some speed on the defensive line and that is what Griffin will bring. He has great size combined with his speed which is a must in the Big Ten. Games are won and lost in the trenches around the conference. Rutgers has a chance to build a defensive line that can stop the run and get to the quarterback. Griffin is just one of the signees that is expected to have an impact for Rutgers.
247 Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star; 15th in NJ; 48th WDE nationally
High School Position: DE (6’4”, 220 lbs.)
Projected college position: WDE
High School: St. Joseph
Hometown: Hammonton, NJ
Most notable other offers: Baylor, Miami, Nebraska, Virginia Tech
The Rutgers Defensive Line added reinforcements in 2020 through the transfer portal who were a mixed bag so the hope moving forward is that players can be signed out of high school to populate the ranks and develop accordingly. The Knights did not get much of a pass rush with their front four in 2020, so the hope is to be able to collapse the pocket in 2021 even if edge rushers aren’t ready yet. The team will get Position Coach Jim Panagos back after missing 2020 which may add a little more fire to the group, but an influx of talent would help massively as defensive linemen can contribute in a deep rotation earlier than other positions.
Floor: Myles Nash
Most likely: Jamal Merrell
Potential: Raheem Orr
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