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Rutgers football hosting many key recruits this weekend



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This weekend, Rutgers football will host many recruits on official visits in the class of 2024. It’s an important month for Greg Schiano and the program. They’ve gained momentum in recent weeks and convinced many top recruits to come to Piscataway this month. They’ll start by welcoming roughly two dozen prospects over the next three days.

Three recruits that have already committed to Rutgers are taking official visits this weekend. They are quarterback AJ Surace, wide receiver Isaiah Crumpler and tight end Monte Keener. It’s typical for QB commit of any recruiting class to take a lead role in helping to secure the rest of the class. Surace is embracing that role. Having him along with Crumpler and Keener on campus, who Rutgers fans hope develop a formidable passing attack in the future, is a positive as the program looks to impress a strong group of prospects.

Daniel “DD” Holmes is a top EDGE prospect from Washington D.C who is visiting this weekend. He named Rutgers one of his six finalists along with Florida, Florida State, Maryland, Michigan, and South Carolina. Per the 247 Sports Composite rankings, Holmes is ranked as the No. 279 overall prospect in the 2024 class. He is also listed as the No. 32 defensive lineman and No. 2 recruit from Washington D.C. Per On3, Holmes is the No. 135 overall prospect and No. 11 EDGE in the 2024 class. Rutgers appears to have a legitimate chance to land the 6’6″, 240 pounder and this visit is critical in that possibility becoming a reality. He is expected to visit the rest of his top six following RU.

A priority target for Rutgers is 4-star receiver Josiah Brown. The No. 1 recruit in New York holds offers from Georgia, Alabama, Florida, Florida State, Michigan, Notre Dame, Penn State, Michigan State, Miami, Oklahoma, and Wisconsin among others. The 6’0″, 170 pound prospect from Hicksville, New York is and getting him on an official visit is huge. He’s visited several times already including for the spring game in April. His close friend and former high school teammate is Rutgers receiver and true freshman Dylan Braithwaite. This connection as well as Brown already being so familiar with the program gives Rutgers momentum with him heading into his official visit.

The 5’11”, 170 pound cornerback Josh Philostin is from West Palm Beach and is a big get to have visit. The national recruit holds offers from Arkansas, Penn State, Wisconsin, Iowa, Texas A&M, Ole Miss, Miami and many others including Rutgers.

Another New York 4-star recruit visiting is tight end Kory Duff Jr. He was a high school teammate of current Scarlet Knight Ian Strong. Rutgers has made him a priority as well.

Rutgers is hosting seven recruits from Florida as well as five from North Carolina. There four New York recruits, three from New Jersey, two from D.C. and one each from Michigan and Ohio.

You can read more from Todderick Hunt of NJ Advance Media who confirmed the complete list of recruits visiting here.

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  1. pj43

    June 3, 2023 at 12:27 pm

    It’s certainly promising to see so many highly recruited players showing genuine interest in Rutgers football. Watching the video tapes on Duff & Brown stood out to me. Duff was a man among among boys but his hands & route running were impressive. Brown was more of the same, i.e. great hands & nice route running. The recruiting competition for these visiting recruits is understandable. Don’t you just cringe when you see GA showing interest in local regional recruits and find that Fran Brown is the lead recruiter? Can’t blame him for climbing the ladder on the way to a HC job in the future, but it hurts to see this South Jersey guy out there in the regional hunting area.

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