Jahzion Harris beginning integration process with Rutgers football

Rutgers football has a new defensive end in Jahzion Harris.

Rutgers football landed a significant transfer this week with the addition of defensive end Jahzion Harris. Last week, the redshirt freshman entered the transfer portal after one season at Texas A&M.

Last season in two games for Texas A&M, Harris had four tackles and a sack. He is a former four-star recruit from Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.). Late last week, RutgersWire reported, citing sources, that Harris was set to join the program.

Harris is certainly here and becomes an intriguing late addition to the team as training camp opened this week. He was the second-best player in New York in the class of 2021 as well as the No. 208 recruit in the nation according to the 247Sports Composite.

Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano and the program are waiting for word on Harris’ hardship waiver. If granted, it would make him eligible immediately.

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For a program that needs edge rushers, it could be a big piece to the Rutgers defense.

“Well, you know, I have a long history with Jahzion. I’ve known him since he was 14-years old,” Schiano told reporters on Wednesday.

“He left A&M in the portal and we took advantage of that opportunity. You know, he’s got to learn our ways and he’s got to get involved in our weight training and conditioning and he missed all that, right? So he’s way behind, but he’s just going to work at it. You know, I’m excited to have him here.”

Harris comes to the program late and on the cusp of training camp. It is certainly going to take time for Harris to acclimate to the program and learn the defense.

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Schiano sounded a bit of caution when it came to expectations for integrating Harris into the team. Right now, Harris is simply settling into his new routine.

“It’s too early, you’re right he got here yesterday at like one o’clock,” Schiano said. “So, I saw him eat well at dinner so that was the first step. He was in bed check so all those are good.”

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Gallery: check out the best photos as Rutgers football opens training camp

Photos of some top Rutgers football standouts including Gavin Wimsatt, Kyle Monangai, Desmong Igbinosun, Sean Ryan and more!

Rutgers football kicked off the preparation for the upcoming college football season with Wednesday’s first session of training camp.

It is certainly a season of anticipation with Rutgers football expected to show growth in a third year under head coach Greg Schiano. Last season, Rutgers went 5-8. In the process of putting together a rather solid rebuilding year, they played in the Gator Bowl, marking a return to the postseason for the first time since 2014.

This is the third season under head coach Greg Schiano of what is a rather significant rebuilding project at Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights open the season on Saturday, September 3 at Boston College.

There is hope that Rutgers football can continue a positive trend this season, especially with freshman quarterback Gavin Wimsatt, the development of running back Kyle Monangai, adding transfers such as Sean Ryan and Taj Harris as well as a very strong secondary.

Check out the best photos from Wednesday’s first session of Rutgers football training camp!

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Greg Schiano has no update on Drew Singleton’s NCAA appeal: ‘I hope they do the right thing’

Things remain in flux for Rutgers football linebacker Drew Singleton and his eligibility.

Rutgers football continues to wait on the case of Drew Singleton and the linebacker’s potential eligibility for the upcoming season.

A transfer from Michigan, Singleton has played the last three years for Rutgers. A former four-star commit, Singleton joined Michigan in 2017 where he spent a redshirt season and then contributed as a reserve player and on special teams the next season before transferring to Rutgers.

Singleton had declared for the NFL draft following the conclusion of the 2021 season. But when Rutgers (through unusual circumstances) got an invite to the Gator Bowl, Singleton decided to return and play in the game.

And, he got injured in the bowl game, complicating issues because he accepted money from an agent for training. His decision to do so means that he loses eligibility for his final season of college football.

However, due to the circumstances surrounding Rutgers’ participation in the Gator Bowl on short notice, there is hope that the NCAA will see that there was no intended impropriety on behalf of the player. Singleton is in the unique situation of having played in a bowl game but, due to injury, was unable to prepare for the NFL combine of his pro day.

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On Wednesday, Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano said there is no update on the Singleton case, even as he hopes that the NCAA will see clarity in the situation and that there was no intended impropriety on behalf of his player.

“I wish I did, we’re waiting to hear. I just – I don’t want to sound like I’m the know it all or anything; I just hope that they do the common sense thing,” Schiano told reporters on Wednesday when asked for an update on Singleton.

“I get the rules; t this kid…everybody wants people to play in the bowl games. We get urged as head coaches and want our players to play in the bowl game. We’re gonna do everything we can but you know, there’s this thing called the NFL and these guys want to be able to be ready for it.

“And I was so impressed that Drew came back and played in that game even though he had decided to go pro and then he gets hurt playing for Rutgers. And so his training got off track and he’s in a boot we get home on January 2 and he’s in a boot. So I don’t know; we’re just waiting to see the timeline.”

Singleton is currently with Rutgers, working as a volunteer assistant coach.

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Last season, Singleton had 55 tackles and a fumble recovery as well as a half-sack.

Report: Jahzion Harris will be joining Rutgers football

Rutgers football could be adding a big-time recruit in Jahzion Gross.

Jahzion Harris seems to be heading to Rutgers football.

After entering the transfer portal late last week, Harris appears to be on the verge of leaving Texas A&M. A report from On3 says that Harris is bound for the Rutgers football. Harris, who played his high school football at Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) is a defensive end and a former four-star recruit.

Last week, RutgersWire reported citing a source that Harris was likely to end up with Rutgers football.

According to the report from On3, it is yet to be determined if Harris can suit-up this season for Rutgers football given the timing of his transfer:

“Harris, who didn’t get into the portal prior to the May 1 deadline for immediate eligibility, will need a waiver in order to be eligible this season.”

Adding Harris is big for Rutgers football and head coach Greg Schiano. With a need for edge rushers, Harris projects to quickly see the field whenever his eligibility issue is sorted out.

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Last season as a freshman, Harris finished with four tackles and a sack in two games played.

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Rutgers football: Mayan Ahanotu named to Wuerffel Trophy watch list

Rutgers football’s Mayan Ahanotu was named to the Wuerffel Trophy watch list, honoring his efforts off the field

Rutgers football Mayan Ahanotu, linebacker for the Scarlet Knights, was named to the watch list for the Wuerffel Trophy. The trophy was established in 2005. It honors college football athletes who are serving others, while also achieving greatness on the football field and in the classroom.  As part of the National Football Federation’s Collegiate Awards, it was the first major award honoring the character of service to others.

IN the community, Ahanotu has been active within an initiative at Rutgers called Chop4Change. It was created to spread a message of unity and equality. Ahanotu said through a press release:

“It’s really awesome. I love our #Chop4Change program. It’s really about how we can impact our community right now. We’re just going to do all we can do for all the people in all our communities that we can affect right now.”

Some activities have included participating in the opening ceremonies for Special Olympics New Jersey and the Rutgers Dance Marathon. In addition, Ahanotu has been a weekly mentor for the Middlesex Juvenile Detention Center, leading sessions with young men who are incarcerated.

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The third year Scarlet Knight was named to the Academic All-Big Ten team in both 2019 and 2021. He appeared in all 13 of the team’s games last season, starting in nine – including the TaxSlayer Gator Bowl. Ahanotu finished last season with 18 total tackles, one sack, and a forced fumble.

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Raheim Jeter, who just de-committed from WVU, offered by Rutgers football

Rutgers football just offered a class of 2023 quarterback.

Raheim Jeter pulled in an offer from Rutgers football on Saturday shortly after he de-committed from West Virginia

A three-star quarterback from Spartansburg, SC, Jeter is a class of 2023 recruit who is ranked the No. 12 player in South Carolina per 247Sports.

He holds some strong Power Five offers including Auburn, Georgia, Kentucky and Missouri. Last season, he was 53-of-73 for 850 passing yards with six touchdowns and an interception thrown.

Jeter’s de-commitment comes just days after he threw for the West Virginia coaching staff. He tweeted about his Rutgers offer on Saturday evening.

 

Rutgers has yet to land a quarterback in the class of 2023. Conventional wisdom held that they would not be adding a quarterback in this class.

Last season, Spartansburg went 9-4 and lost to Northwestern in the playoffs.

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They are one of the perennial powerhouse programs in South Carolina.

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Jaylen Waddle is feeling the impact of former Rutgers football star Mohamed Sanu

Jaylen Waddle talks the impact of Mohamed Sanu with the Miami Dolphins.

Miami Dolphins second-year wide receiver Jaylen Waddle is already feeling the veteran presence of Mohamed Sanu, a former star wide receiver for Rutgers football.

Sanu, set to enter his eleventh season in the NFL, signed last week with the Miami Dolphins to bring a veteran presence to a young group of wide receivers. Having carved out a very solid NFL career, the former Scarlet Knight has already been helping the likes of Waddle acclimate to the league.

Waddle was a first round pick, sixth overall, in the 2021 NFL draft. The former Alabama standout had 104 receptions for 1,015 receiving yards and six touchdowns as a rookie.

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Asked last week how he plans to take his game to the next level, Waddle cited the impact of players like Sanu.

“I think just knowledge. Being in the room with ‘Reek’ (Tyreek Hill), and ‘Mo’ (Mohamed Sanu Sr.), you think you know everything about the game,” Waddle told reporters last Thursday.
“But guys who have been playing in the league teach you a lot in the short time they’ve been here.”
Waddle was asked to further explain the Sanu impact.
“Just the knowledge of the game. For me, ‘Mo’ (Mohamed Sanu Sr.) has been here for two days, and every time he tells me to run to the huddle or little things like that,” Waddle said.
“He’ll be like peep the safeties and stuff like that, I think that’s really helping me out.”
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Throughout his 10 NFL seasons, Sanue had 435 receptions for 4,871 receiving yards with 27 touchdowns.

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Jerick McKinnon raves about Kansas City Chiefs rookie Isiah Pacheco: ‘He’s real explosive’

Isiah Pacheco gets significant first-team reps with the Kansas City Chiefs on Saturday.

Former Rutgers football running back Isiah Pacheco is certainly making a strong impression in his first NFL training. In fact, the Kansas City Chiefs running back got some significant burn with the first team on Saturday in training camp.

Pacheco, a seventh-round pick of the Chiefs, was one of two Rutgers football players to get drafted in this spring’s NFL draft.

The running back landed in a perfect spot with the Chiefs, where he plays behind an established and balanced offensive line that should be able to clear lanes so he can get to the next level.

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Veteran running back Jerick McKinnon, set for what will be his ninth season in the NFL (he did miss two seasons to injury), has been impressed with Pacheco. Not just the former Rutgers’ star as an athlete but also his effort.

“He’s a humble guy and his work ethic is top tier. He’s real explosive and has nice size. Him and (Tayon) Fleet (Davis) both, big backs but they move really well,” McKinnon told reporters on Saturday.

“They have good footwork in the individual drills. I know the coaches think highly of them and so does everybody else on the team. These last couple of days he has shown what he can do with the ball. Like I told him and the other guys, when you come in as a rookie, it’s going to be that big learning curve. Especially now, everything is flying. In OTA’s, it’s a little slower and you get to learn with the coach, and they break it down. Once you get to camp, it’s all cylinders. Just watching those guys each day just learn and come out and make progress has been amazing.”

In college, Pacheco played for a Rutgers team that spent the last two seasons rebuilding and this affected his offensive output for sure.

 

On 167 rushing attempts last season, he had 647 rushing yards and five touchdowns. He was an Honorable Mention All-Big Ten selection in 2021.

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Football Recruiting: Rutgers offers four-star Chauncey Bowens

Rutgers extends offer to four-star running back Chauncey Bowens from class of 2024

Rutgers football continued their very strong recruiting effort in the state of Florida this week, as they extended an offer to running back Chauncey Bowens today, July 30.

A four-star recruit according to On3.com, Bowens is ranked as the No. 12 running back and the in the class of 2024 in the 247 Composite. The five-foot-eleven-inch versatile athlete from North Palm Beach, Florida is a multi-sport varsity athlete. He plays lacrosse as well as multiple events in track and field.

Bowens already has a strong offer list with multiple Power Five programs including Miami, Florida, Florida State, and Auburn. Fellow Big Ten programs Indiana and Illinois have also extended offers to the four-star back. The offer from the Seminoles came at the beginning of July.

Rutgers have clearly targeted Florida  heavily. In the last three recruiting classes, the Scarlet Knight program has extended 74 offers to players from the sunshine state – including a whopping 40 offers in the class of 2023.

Don’t let his size fool you, the young man has shown impressive strength in the weight room to go along with the athleticism needed to be a varsity athlete across multiple sports.

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Greg Schiano: NIL, not a new facility, is the number one issue for Rutgers football right now

Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano talks NIL with the Touchdown Club.

The arms race in college football is now much more than conference alignments (and re-alignments) or even facilities. Those are important, but Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano said on Thursday night that getting Name, Image and Likeness opportunities for athletes is the new frontier that must be conquered for his program.

If not, the Scarlet Knights could be left behind.

Speaking at a meeting of the Touchdown Club, a group of boosters who support the Rutgers football program, Schiano talked about NIL. His comments about the importance of Name, Image and Likeness (NIL) opportunities for his players certainly backs up his comments at the recent Big Ten’s annual football media days.

There, Schiano critiqued NIL. On Thursday night before the Touchdown Club, Schiano discussed the importance of NIL and how groups such as The Knights of the Raritan can directly impact the program:

 

 

And then there was this sobering comment from Schiano:

 

The last tweet is from Jeff Towers, one of the most influential and generous donors in the history of Rutgers football.

The fact that a new football facility has been a top priority for Schiano since his arrival three years ago only points to the importance of what NIL means for his program’s future.

If NIL means that much to Schiano, then it has clearly become an integral part of this rebuilding project at Rutgers football.

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His comments this week in Indianapolis certainly underscore the concern that Schiano has for the implementation of NIL across college sports. He talked about providing opportunities for athletes but cautioned that NIL wasn’t intended to be a recruiting tool.

“NIL, in its formation, was for your existing roster to be able for your players to be able to monetize their name, image and likeness,” Schiano said according to The Bergen Record. “It was not meant to be used as an incentive or to try to bring someone in as a recruit. If you didn’t think that was going to happen, you’re naive because it was happening before, just illegally. It’s still illegal to do that.”

Launched in May, The Knights of the Raritan has the stated aim of “empowering Scarlet Knight student-athletes to achieve their greatest potential in the classroom, on the playing field and in life. The collective seeks to enable them to maximize their NIL opportunities the right way, without compromising the values of the university.”

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The group was profiled two months ago by RutgersWire including this interview with founding member Danny Breslauer.

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