The Rutgers football program received its 20th verbal commitment in the 2021 class on Monday night, as 3-star defensive tackle Zaire Angoy pledged to become a Scarlet Knight.
The 6’4”, 300 pound defensive lineman from Newark New Jersey is rated the 26th best prospect in the state and 66th best at his position nationally per the 247 Sports composite rankings. His top five schools included Indiana, Maryland, Syracuse and Pitt, but he ultimately chose to stay home and play for Rutgers. He also had previously taken visits to West Virginia, Louisville, N.C. State, Cincinnati, and Virginia Tech per Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media.
Angoy helped Irvington high school to a 7-4 record last fall during a season that he recorded 16 tackles and sacks. He is a former basketball player who wrestled this past winter instead and has cut his weight over 50 pounds in the past year per Hunt. He has the potential to improve with his newfound body and develop into a reliable lineman on the defensive side for Rutgers in the future.
Angoy is reportedly someone who also loves football, a common trait among recruits that have committed to new Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano in this class. He also follows in the footsteps of former Irvington and Scarlet Knight defensive star, Kemoko Turay.
Per 247 Sports composite rankings, Rutgers has the 19th best class in the country and 8th best in the Big Ten following Angoy’s commitment, which gives the Scarlet Knights nine of the top 26 ranked players in New Jersey this recruiting cycle so far. Here are his junior season highlights.