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Episode No. 96: Recruiting momentum for Rutgers football, basketball & baseball



Meleek Thomas is just one of a few elite guards in the 2025 class that Rutgers is in the mix on. Photo credit Michael Longo/For BCT / USA TODAY NETWORK

Episode No. 96 covers all the positive momentum over the last day for Rutgers football, men’s basketball and baseball.

On Wednesday, Greg Schiano landed high 3-star linebacker Samarian Robinson who flipped from UCF. The 6’3”, 210 pounder from Tallahassee, Florida is a high 3-star prospect with a grade of .8797. Per 247 Sports composite rankings, Robinson is ranked No. 90 in Florida, the No. 58 linebacker in the country, and No. 614 overall prospect in the class of 2024. Even more impressive is Robinson ranked No. 64 in Florida by 247 Sports. While Rutgers has regularly landed recruits from the Sunshine state, it’s not often they rate as high as Robinson.

Football also had two other visitors this week and more recruiting discussion is included.

Rutgers men’s basketball hosted sought after 2025 point guard Nigel James on Tuesday. The 6’2″ point guard is from Long Island but plays for Cushing Academy in Massachusetts on the New England Prep Circuit. As a sophomore, James averaged 13 points, 6 assists, 4 rebounds, and 3 steals in per game. Although James is not rated by any of the major recruiting services, it’s only a matter of time before he is.

He also plays for Expressions Elite AAU and recently impressed national college basketball reporter Jeff Goodman of the Stadium and Field of 68. Goodman saw James play at the New England Preparatory School Athletic Council (NEPSAC) Showcase on last Friday. He tweeted, “Cushing’s Nigel James is putting on a clinic here. So quick, athletic, terrific handle, creates for teammates, gets to basket whenever he wants, and is making 3′s and step-back jumpers. Really fun player to watch.”

More discussion on the 2025 recruiting class and how the trajectory for the program under Pikiell has changed significantly.

Also on Wednesday, Rutgers baseball landed Miami transfer JD Jones. The catcher was the backup for a very good Hurricanes team the past two seasons. He has a chance to be a big impact addition for next spring for head coach Steve Owens.

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