Rutgers kicks off its second mass official visit this week on Wednesday, featuring 14 football new recruiting targets, after hosting 14 for a prior trip to Piscataway on June 10. Greg Schiano earned pledges five pledges from that group and hopes to add more at the conclusion of this week’s fun. Find out which recruits will migrate to the Hale Center this week, and could help Rutgers win in the Big Ten.
Oluwatosin Babalade (6-5, 296) OL, DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.): A four-star offensive lineman nicknamed “Big Tree,” Babalade boasts 24 offers, one of which came from Rutgers. He took prior official treks to Ohio State, South Carolina and UNC, but Rutgers gets the chance to leave the most lasting impression at the end.
Semaj Bridgeman (6-2, 230) LB, Imhotep Charter (Philadelphia, Pa.): A four-star recruit and one of the top defenders in the region, Bridgeman is in town and will venture to Rutgers, one of 32 schools to offer him, this week.
Shawn Boyle (6-2, 180) QB, Charlotte (NC) Catholic: Boyle has been committed to UNC-Charlotte since Nov. 24 of last year. But, one would think an offer from Rutgers could change things, being that it’s a Power Five school in, arguably, the first or second-best college football conference in the world. Meanwhile, UNC-Charlotte is an FBS team, but plays Group of Five ball.
Tucker McDonald (6-2, 195) QB, Wachusett Regional (Holden, Mass.): It’s clear to see why Sean Gleeson, by way of Schiano, offered McDonald over the weekend. Not only is he a quarterback, but he is the epitome of an athlete. McDonald leads his high school basketball as a point guard on the hardwood floor, much like he does as a QB on the gridiron. He is also a short stop on the baseball diamond, who runs a 4.68-second 40-yard dash, a 4.2-second shuttle, squats 335 pounds and boasts a 31-inch vertical leap.
Chandler Galban (6-2, 200) QB, Fullerton (Ca.) College: This junior college gunslinger has good size, Power Five tools, and will add contrast to Rutgers’ high school quarterbacks on campus this week.
Nnamdi Udeogu (6-5, 230) Edge, Georgetown Prep (Rockville, Md.): Coming off an official visit to Vanderbilt on June 10, this long, athletic edge has a chance to play alongside Prep alum Kyonte Hamilton if he picks Rutgers.
RJ Johnson (6-2, 180) DB, Eagles Landing Christian Academy (McDonough, Ga.): Johnson has 28 offers, including Rutgers, LSU, Ole Miss, Arkansas, Florida, Boston College, Indiana, Duke and plenty other Power Five and Group of Five schools.
Joe Jackson (5-11, 185) RB, Ridge Community (Davenport, Fla.): Jackson, who has 27 offers, visited Duke on June 17, and will be at Rutgers on Wednesday, as his recruitment winds down.
Bo Maske (5-11, 170) DB, Osceola (Kissimmee, Fla.): Mascoe boasts seven offers, including Power Five schools Rutgers, Boston College, and Iowa and Iowa State. Rutgers seems positioned well here.
Vilay Nakkoun (5-11, 175) DB, Orlando (Fla.) Christian Prep: Rutgers added the ninth player to its 2023 class when Nakkoun, one of Central Florida’s most underrated gems, committed to Schiano over the telephone last Wednesday. Rutgers offered Nakkoun on May 5 and stayed in touch with him and his family ever since, culminating in his pledge.
Dylan Wade (6-4, 240) TE, Jones (Orlando, Fla.): Wade visited Rutgers toward the end of March and will make a return trip from Orlando this week. He will also (officially) visit Purdue on June 24 and visited Maryland on June 17.
Famah Tour (6-3, 200) WR, Irvington (NJ): Schiano set the tone for Toure’s Rutgers homecoming during a phone call a couple weeks back.
“He just wants me to make the right decision and play where I’m loved, where there’s family,” Toure said of Rutgers’ head man, who knows Rutgers has one tie that no other school has – Famah’s brother and junior Rutgers Edge, Mohamed Tour. Famah visited Illinois on June 17 and will bring his entire family to local Rutgers on Wednesday.
Sean Williams (6-1, 175) WR, St. John’s College (Washington, DC): Williams will take his Rutgers official visit this week and one to Wake Forest afterwards, on June 24.
Braeden Wisloski (5-11, 185) WR, Southern Columbia Area (Catawissa, Pa.): Wisloski, Pennsylvania’s 100-meter state champ (10.74), was offered by Schiano during a visit to campus on April 7.
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