NEW BRUNSWICK, NJ - NOVEMBER 19: Marcus Cooper #12 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights and Jordan Thomas #29 of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights try to down a punt at the end of the second quarter against Cincinnati Bearcats at Rutgers Stadium on November 19, 2011 in New Brunswick, New Jersey. (Photo by Patrick McDermott/Getty Images)
Rutgers recruiting faced a lot of uncertainty over the last week, But now, things could be looking up.
Rutgers football recruiting has had a crazy week. With the loss of Greg Schiano, the rumored (and subsequently denied) hire of Mario Cristobal, to the hire of Kyle Flood, the Scarlet Knights have had to deal with a lot of uncertainty in the recruiting ranks.
Early this week, in Rutgers Football Recruiting: Greg Schiano's Exit Could Kill A Strong Class, I wrote:
There's no way Rutgers can recover in time to have the class it was looking like it would land. Recruiting is about relationships, and those relationships have been irreparably damaged. Many of the lesser-rated kids will stay with Rutgers because they don't have better offers and want to play close to home. But the top players with options will certainly investigate those before committing the next four years of their life to the uncertainty that is the Rutgers program. The timing is simply awful for a program that was looking great on the recruiting front just a few days ago.
Tonight, however, Rutgers received a major shot in the arm as elite defensive end recruit Darius Hamilton committed to the Scarlet Knights. Hamilton had been considering Florida and Miami. An elite recruit like Hamiton choosing Rutgers could be a catalyst for other recruits to choose the school as well.
As of this writing, it was uncertain when Rutgers star commitments Quanzell Lambert and Ryan Brodie would sign, or if they would sign with Rutgers at all. Rutgers has some quality commitments. It just needs to keep them in the fold.
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