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2021 Early Signing Period: Kevin Toth Jr. Signs With Rutgers Football

Official LOI arrives for a key trench addition.

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Tall linemen and quarterbacks could be back in play for the future Knights.
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Kevin Toth Jr. had been committed since May of this year so it was merely a formality for him to make it official Wednesday.

Rutgers has gotten more production from their offensive line than anticipated the last few weeks, but the depth is still a concern. They need some big bodies up front and Toth plays as big as he is. His best skill is his ability to use his upper body strength when engaged with a defender and win those battles. He is a good fit for what Rutgers needs to do in the near future because he can seal the perimeter as a guard or a tackle to open up those stretch plays and jet sweeps. The area for improvement is in his lower body, where he doesn’t do enough getting low to drive the man back in front of him in traditional “mack” or “man blocking”. His ceiling is Howard Barbieri who consistently improved his leg strength and leg drive year after year before eventually reaching the NFL. Toth has the length and feet to start out at tackle, even as a Tight End in six linemen sets, though as he adds mass to his lower half, could prove better at guard.

247 Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star; 44th in Ohio; 89th OT nationally

High School Position: Ol / DL (6’6”, 270 lbs.)

Projected college position: OG

High School: Hudson

Hometown: Hudson, OH

Most notable other offers: Army, Toledo

The Rutgers Offensive Line is a group that exceeded expectations in 2021. With the blanket year of eligibility, the hope is that all major contributors return. The depth of the group has reached its limit and good programs always bring three or four new faces in every year to ensure they will have enough guys who may develop in two or three years’ time. The Scarlet Knights faced a lot of attrition in the transfer portal last season and need to replenish the ranks so they are set up for success at all positions up front the next few years, rather than having to move players from defense or desperately searching the transfer portal.

Floor: Richard Muldrow

Most likely: Art Forst

Potential: Howard Barbieri

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