2016 Rutgers Football Recruiting Class Breakdown

    2016 Rutgers Football Recruiting Class: It’s a new era for Rutgers football, and head coach Chris Ash did what he could to bring in a decent class. It’s all about next year’s haul, though.

    February 1, 2016


    2016 Rutgers Football Recruiting Class: It’s a new era for Rutgers football, and head coach Chris Ash did what he could to bring in a decent class. It’s all about next year’s haul, though.


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    Rutgers Football Recruiting Class Overview

    New head coach Chris Ash didn’t have a whole bunch of time to do anything more than try to keep the interest of recruits already interested in the program. It’s not a huge class, and there aren’t any superstars, but this is just a stepping-stone to next year when the coaching staff gets a full year to show what it can do. Even so, there are plenty of decent linebackers, some good-looking linemen, and a couple of nice options here and there, but there’s not a lot of bulk.

    The Class Is Heavy On …

    Linebackers. There were a few key prospects taken here and there to fill in some holes – potentially – but the linebackers are the best of the haul with Solomon Manning a safety-sized defender who can do a little bit of everything, and Rashawn Battle a potential terror on the outside. Jonathan Pollock needs to add a little bulk, but he fits the inside linebacker mold. Considering the holes in the team coming into this season, the opportunities will be there to make an impact early on.

    The Star of the Class Is …

    RB Trey Sneed, 5-11, 198 – The very quick, very shifty back out of Florida was wanted by Clemson, Georgia Tech, North Carolina, and a slew of other ACC schools, but he’s going to be a big part of the offense as soon as possible for the Scarlet Knights. He committed early and stuck around through all the coaching drama. As a runner and/or a receiver, he’s the key to the class.

    The Team’s Biggest 2016 Depth Chart Hole Is …

    Linebacker. There’s no replacing star WR Leonte Carroo, and missing punter Joseph Roth and kicker Kyle Federico is a problem, but the linebacking corps is going to be Priority One with Quentin Gause and Kaiwan Lewis both gone and the early departure of Steve Longa to the NFL a killer. If the Scarlet Knights can patch this up quickly, the defense should be night and day better.

    2016 Rutgers Football Recruiting Class

    Ahmed Bah WR 6-4 190 Flushing, N.Y.
    Dacoven Bailey WR 5-10 185 Pilot Point, Texas

    Rashawn Battle LB 6-3 225 Grentown, Pa.
    K.J. Gray WR 6-2 190 Newark, N.J.
    Damon Hayes DB 6-0 185 Upper Marlboro, Md.

    Sam Howson OL 6-4 280 Sparta, N.J.
    Mohamed Jabbie WR 5-11 170 Monmouth Junction, N.J.
    Nick Krimin OL 6-6 285 South Amboy, N.J.

    Mike Lonsdorf OL 6-7 270 Bound Brook, N.J.

    Elorm Lumor- LB 6-3 210 Piscataway, N.J.

    Michael Maietti OL 6-2 265 West Orange, N.J.

    Solomon Manning- LB 6-2 200 Colonia, N.J.

    Malachai Moore DL 6-7 280 Hackettstown, N.J.

    Tylin Oden QB 6-5 175 Columbia, Tenn.
    Jonathan Pollock- LB 5-11 220 Orlando, Fla.

    Trey Sneed- RB 5-10 200 Orange Park, Fla.

    Ross Taylor-Douglas DB 5-10 185 Avon, Ohio

    Julius Turner DL 6-2 270 Meridian, Miss.
    Tyreek Williams LB 6-1 215 Erial, N.J.

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