Two of the highest rated offensive recruits committed in the 2024 class for Rutgers are uniting a year early. It was reported on Wednesday by Chris Tsakonas of Scarlet Nation/247 Sports that running back Gabe Winowich was transferring to Notre Dame high school to play with quarterback AJ Surace. Both are high 3-star prospects and two of the top five rated commits in the class for Rutgers. Winowich previously played at Detroit Country Day in his home state of Michigan. Both were two of the first three recruits to commit to Rutgers this cycle.
“I’m really excited to get out there and play with him, and [he’s the] quarterback of the future at Rutgers,” Winowich told Scarlet Nation. “I know he’s a grinder [with] how he’s working and preparing at practice and how he’s gonna be doing that at the next level. I’m excited to get out and work with him, get the handoffs down, and run routes for him all day.”
This is obviously a great development for Rutgers. Having Winowich move to New Jersey to play with Surace benefits the program in multiple ways. The future backfield duo get to bond and build chemistry on the grid iron. It also helps bring even more stability to the 2024 class with two of its best showing such dedication and commitment to the program.
As for playing with Surace, Winowich raved about his skill set and abilities.
“His release is lightning quick, he’s got a very strong arm, I think he can kind of do it all,” Winowich said. “He’s the type of kid you want under center: he’s a leader, he’s a general, he’s a great football player, and I think he can do a little bit of everything. I’ve seen him run very well, and he’s got a cannon.”
Another benefit of Winowich is being close to Rutgers this fall. He and Surace, along with 4-star commit Kaj Sanders can help recruit as a group within the class and have a visible presence on game days.
“I’ll be out as much as I can. I know I’ll be out for every home game,” Winowich said. “I’m definitely very excited to keep growing closer with the current players and just see how they prepare on game day. I actually have not been able to make it up for a game yet, so I’m really excited to see all that.”
It seems possible being local also makes it more likely that Winowich could enroll early for the spring semester. Rutgers has done a good job of having many signees do so in recent years. With the 2024 class shaping up to be the best of Schiano 2.0 on paper, getting as many enrolled early would serve as a major plus.
This 2024 class for Rutgers is starting to feel a bit different in a positive way. They seem united in their belief in Rutgers and in helping the program become a winning one. This maneuver by Winowich shows urgency in wanting to make a difference in Piscataway.
As for Winowich’s talent, his film below showcases his game. He is a beast who is hard to tackle and can turn the corner in the open field. Speed, size and strength is on full display. The top 500 national recruit committed to Rutgers early on and has the potential to be a contributor for the Scarlet Knights early on in his career.
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