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2021 Early Signing Period: Zaire Angoy Signs With Rutgers Football

Official LOI from the state’s biggest city.

Cincinnati v Rutgers
A run stuffing nose guard like Holmes is just what the doctor ordered.
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Zaire Angoy had been committed since June 1 of this year so it was merely a formality for him to make it official Wednesday.

Rutgers needs big bodies. They especially need big guys who can shape their bodies without having to bulk up too much and Angoy is already a very big fellow. At over 300 pounds, he might actually drop weight before playing his first snap for the Scarlet Knights. Despite modest production, every Power Five team in the Northeast considered him because you can’t teach size. Zaire needs to grow into his body a little bit more, but he shows good strength and punishes smaller players like you want to see out of a guy with the advantage. His lack of quickness and agility are what will keep him off the field, so it will require a lot of commitment to staying in shape, eating well, and working on technique. If he does, this could be the big boy in the middle Rutgers needs to be able to surround him with their smaller, quicker players.

247 Sports Composite Ranking: 3-star; 26th in NJ; 71st DT nationally

High School Position: OG/DT (6’3”, 310 lbs.)

Projected college position: DT

High School: Irvington

Hometown: Newark, NJ

Most notable other offers: Indiana, Maryland, Pitt, Syracuse

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: Jorge Vicioso

Most likely: Ike Holmes

Potential: Sebastian Joseph

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