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2021 Early Signing Period: Kyonte Hamilton Signs With Rutgers Football

Athletic, two-sport standout is a monster.

Rutgers Scarlet Knights v South Florida Florida Bulls
An explosive edge rusher who can chase down option quarterbacks is a nice add, every time.
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Kyonte Hamilton had been committed since August 2019 to the wrestling program so it was merely a formality for him to make it official Wednesday that he will also play football for the Scarlet Knights.

Athletic people are what Rutgers needs most and one of the nation’s top wrestlers is also looking to play football for the Scarlet Knights in 2021. In high school, Hamilton has been tough to stop as a tight end and lines up as a slot cornerback on defense, that is how athletic the 230 pounder is. He doesn’t have the foot speed to be a linebacker in college, but should be a force on the defensive line with some seasoning and all those wrestling moves. Greg Schiano and Jim Panagos love wrestlers with Hamilton being the type of standout physical freak that could wreak havoc with proper coaching.

247 Composite Ranking: 3-star; 28th in Maryland; 81st athlete nationally

High School Position: TE / OLB / SS (6’5”, 230 lbs.)

Projected college position: DE

High School: Georgetown Prep

Hometown: Rockville, MD

Most notable other offers: Boston College, Wake Forest

The Rutgers Football team needs to add talent at every position as always, but their biggest need is explosive athletes who can make plays on both sides of the ball regardless of position. In 2020, the team has mostly built its offense around Bo Melton, a former four-star athlete, and needs to find more players like him who have the speed/power combination and can make guys miss. On the defensive side, Rutgers had success early with Brendon White, the former Ohio State starter, and Tyshon Fogg, a four-star, as the leaders of the defense. The D has shown cracks in recent weeks because both players have battled injuries and there is no one with elite talent to take on that role. Look for RU to add as many athletes as they can in upcoming recruiting cycles, even if there is uncertainty about what position they will actually play on the banks.

Floor: Myles Nash

Most likely: Val Barnaby

Potential: George Johnson

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