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Tight End Jovani Haskins transfers to Rutgers football

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The former top five recruit from NJ comes home

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Rutgers football has brought Jovani Haskins back to New Jersey, as the Bergenfield native and former top five recruit in the state is transferring home. The Knight Report and Scarlet Nation were first to report the news and Haskins changed his Twitter profile to indicate he was now a Scarlet Knight.

After passing on RU initially to go to Miami, Haskins transferred to West Virginia after one season. He went on to earn Third Team All-Big XII honors as a redshirt sophomore in 2018 in a season when he produced 16 catches for 148 yards and a touchdown. Haskins missed most of last season and only had 4 catches for 18 yards.

Haskins is the tenth transfer that Schiano and his staff have added to the program in the past few months. Nine are from power five schools and five are from other Big Ten programs.

The addition is meaningful in two ways. Haskins has the size (6’4”, 265 lb) and talent to be a factor at a position of need for Rutgers. He can also become a great story for the program in this rebuild under head coach Greg Schiano. Convincing top recruits from New Jersey to stay home is key to future success and Haskins was the 4th rated player in the state in the 2016 class. Hopefully, Haskins can finish the his college career on a high note back in the Garden state.