Remember the kid from the Popeyes video? Dieunerst Collin just won a New Jersey football championship

Dieunerst Collin, star of a viral video and meme at Popeyes, wins a high school state championship game.

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Dieunerst Collin is trading in waiting in line for the offensive line. The star of an internet meme just won a high school championship in New Jersey.

Seven years ago, an unassuming Collin became an internet sensation for his eyes darting back and forth while standing in line at Popeyes.  The Vine has played over 19 million times and become a popular GIF and meme on social media.

Collin didn’t ask to have the video made of him, it is something that happened and shot the unassuming boy into internet stardom.

Well on Sunday in New Jersey high school football championship action, Collin’s East Orange team beat Clifton in triple overtime in the North Group 5 regional title game at Rutgers SHI Stadium.

The win caps a 13-0 season for East Orange.

“I would say just don’t take it so personal, because when I did take it personal, I did get to a place where it was like, ‘I don’t know if I want to go out any more,'” Collin told Sports Illustrated this week. “And stay close to friends and family … you’ll also meet new people when you don’t take it as personal.”

As for Collin, he had some fun with the moment, recreating his infamous video while holding the championship trophy. This is great stuff and shows a real maturity and understanding of the moment from the high school senior.

According to his social media, Collin is 6-foot-1, 315 pounds and plays along the offensive line for East Orange. He also says he has a 3.2 GPA.

The win by East Orange comes after being down at halftime and involves a controversial ending.

Scarlet Knights in the NFL: Week 13

A few men may be on the bye or on the mend, but there are plenty of players who did get a chance to show their strengths on the field. Let’s see how the former Scarlet Knights did in Week 13. 

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The NFL welcomed the month of December with Week 13. The action kicked off on Thursday with the Cowboys taking on the Saints, and wrapped up Monday night as the Patriots battled against the Bills in Buffalo.

There are several former Scarlet Knights who represented Rutgers on Saturdays that are now representing new teams at the next level on Sundays. Another week of scratching and clawing for those Knights that played.

A few men may be on the bye or on the mend, but there are plenty of players who did get a chance to show their strengths on the field. Let’s see how the former Scarlet Knights did in Week 13.

Transfer portal linebacker Colby Reeder has Rutgers in the mix with two Big 12 programs as decision nears

Colby Reeder seems to be narrowing things down to three schools with Rutgers football in the mix.

Delaware linebacker Colby Reeder is planning to wrap things up shortly, this as the transfer portal linebacker has narrowed down his list of programs as he gears up for a decision.

Reeder is planning to visit Iowa State and Kansas State this weekend. He will have in-home visits with Rutgers, Iowa State and Kansas State this week as well.

He hopes to make a decision sooner rather than later. He visited Rutgers this past weekend.

“I’ve narrowed down the colleges that I have real interest in to just a few,” Reeder told ‘Rutgers Wire’ on Tuesday.

“After these visits this weekend, I expect to be able to make a decision shortly after.”

In six games this year, Reeder has 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks and an interception.

Reeder enjoyed his visit to Rutgers over the weekend. The pragmatic linebacker seems to have the Scarlet Knights well-positioned but he’s taking all factors into consideration as his transfer portal recruitment winds down:

“Rutgers is one of my top choices definitely being close to home and good coaches and good program. So, I figured I’d take the short trip up there this weekend, check out what they had to offer,” Reeder told ‘Rutgers Wire’ on Sunday.

“And I thought went well. I thought the coaches were really awesome. They spent a lot of time with me, got to have a few sit downs and film sessions. Give me a whole tour of the facility and everything and it went really well. And I was really pleased for what they had to offer and what they had to tell me and everything.”

Four-star wide receiver Hykeem Williams has Rutgers in his ‘Top 15’

Hykeem Williams, a Rutgers football recruit, released his top 15 with the Scarlet Knights making the cut.

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Rutgers football’s success on the recruiting trail continues, with Monday’s release of a ‘Top 15’ by Florida wide receiver Hykeem Williams. The inclusion of the Scarlet Knights is a sign of Rutgers solid job of recruiting the four-star wide receiver, especially given the other programs included in the cutdown.

The 2023 wide receiver is one of the most coveted wide receivers in the nation.

In addition to Rutgers, also in the list for Williams are: Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Georgia, Georgia Tech, Miami, Michigan State, Oregon, Penn State, Tennessee, Texas A&M, USC, and West Virginia.

Williams plays for Stranahan in Ft. Lauderdale. He is a four-star wide receiver who is ranked the No. 62 player in the nation according to Rivals. He is the eighth-best wide receiver in the country and No. 11 in Florida.

 

The playmaker has been at Rutgers three times this year, including the regular season finale against Maryland.

 

Avery Young is returning for Rutgers football in 2022

Safet Avery Young is set to return for his senior season with Rutgers football.

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Rutgers football got some big news over the weekend with the return of Avery Young for another season. The experienced safety will be a steadying presence as Rutgers football gets younger in the secondary.

The junior has played in 44 games for Rutgers over four years. He was a junior this season due to the 2020 season not counting for eligibility due to COVID-19.

Young made 13 starts in the backend for Rutgers this past season. He ended the 2021 campaign strong, with 13 tackles (a career high) and a sack in the regular season finale loss against Maryland.

He finished the season with 78 tackles, two tackles for a loss, two sacks and an interception. Young returned one kickoff for 12 yards and five punts returned for a total of 16 yards.

 

Rutgers is likely to be active in the transfer portal this year and could be adding a cornerback to add some immediate help in a secondary that struggled giving up big plays. The return of Young is big for Rutgers, adding experience and much-needed depth in a still emerging secondary.

His brother Aaron Young is a sophomore running back at Rutgers.

Ground officially breaks on LeGrand Coffee House location in central New Jersey

Eric LeGrand opens a coffee house location in Woodbridge.

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One of Eric LeGrand’s dreams has reached a big moment on Monday, with the brick-and-mortar phase of LeGrand Coffee House getting its start.

On Monday, the construction phase of LeGrand’s coffee operation broke ground on the inside of the coffee shop. Le Grand Coffee, which launched a year ago with an online presence and sells everything from coffee beans to gear, has been in operation for nearly a year.

A former Rutgers football star who was a member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers, LeGrand is a legend and well engrained into the lore of the program. He currently serves as one of the analysts covering Scarlet Knights football games.

In addition to the coffee house location on Green Street in Woodbridge, N.J,, LeGrand Coffee also has kiosks at SHI Stadium.

 

One of the most popular athletes to play any sport for the Scarlet Knights, LeGrand was a part of the 2020 Rutgers Athletics Hall of Fame class along with Essence Carson (women’s basketball), Jonelle Filigno-Hopkins (women’s soccer), Alexis Gunzelman (women’s gymnastics) and James Ford (men’s lacrosse).

Willie Tyler: Rutgers football ‘moved up’ after official, Scarlet Knights have in-home visit on Monday

Rutgers football set to visit Willie Tyler this week, just a day after his official visit on campus

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Willie Tyler is coming off a Rutgers visit this past weekend that he describes as solid and productive. And Rutgers isn’t stopping their recruitment of him yet.

On Monday, just a day after Tyler’s official visit on campus ended, the Rutgers coaching staff will have an in-home visit with the offensive lineman in his home in Wisconsin.

Tyler is one of the top offensive linemen in the transfer portal, having put together a tremendous 2021 season at left tackle for University of Louisiana-Monroe.

“I went over to the facility, met all the coaches, then me and (head coach Greg) Schiano met one-on-one. Honestly, it was just cool talking to him. It wasn’t an awkward silence. It wasn’t like I just met him in person the first time. We talked about coaches we know, I guess that comes with being older and knowing a lot about football and coaching different places,” Tyler told[lawrence-related id=5335] ‘Rutgers Wire.’

“From there, we tried some good food, talked a lot of ball, how they could see me making an impact coming in. They said left tackle – they asked me which position I prefer. I said either or, I could make.”

 

In addition to his home visit with Rutgers on Monday, Tyler said that SMU, Minnesota and UCF are all scheduled to visit him this weekend.

From Rutgers, it is expected that Schiano as well as coach Augie Hoffman, and coach Andrew Aurich will all be a part of Monday’s visit.

Tyler is hoping to schedule two or three more visits between Wednesday through Sunday then pretty much shut things down and make a decision shortly thereafter. This weekend’s visit helped Tyler along with the process of understanding Rutgers a bit more.

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He said that “The visit overall was good” and that “I could see myself fitting in the system.”

“It moved up. They always asked me what I knew about Rutgers. I always know who Rutgers was – they’re Big Ten. I’ve seen them on TV but I never really knew what went on in the program,” Tyler said. “Definitely moved up.”

Rutgers football commit Thomas Amankwaa pulled off a Randy Moss catch in state championship

Thomas Amankwaa pulled off a Randy Moss catch on Saturday in Hillsborough’s state title win.

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Time, perhaps, to rethink Thomas Amankwaa’s position at the next level?

Amankwaa, a Rutgers football commit, pulled off a ‘Randy Moss’ catch on Saturday in Hillsborough’s state title win. The move is known as getting ‘Mossed’ – a play on the Pro Football Hall of Fame wide receiver’s ability to rise above a defensive back and snatch the ball at a high point.

A defensive back recruit for Rutgers, Amankwaa also plays a variety of positions on offense. He is a highly effective wide receiver given his leaping ability and solid route running. He held several offers when he committed to Rutgers this fall including from Pittsburgh and Syracuse.

Amankwaa has the potential to be an All-Big Ten level cornerback in college, but he also looks like he could be a very solid wide receiver for Rutgers as well.

 

The future Rutgers wide receiver celebrated with a ‘CHOP’ after running into the endzone for a touchdown.

Hillsborough beat Kingsway 28-7 to claim the CentralGroup 5 Championship in New Jersey. Following the game, Amankwaa was embraced by Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano on the very same field he will be playing on next fall.

 

Transfer portal linebacker Colby Reeder discusses Rutgers visit: ‘I was really pleased’

Rutgers football target Colby Reeder discusses his weekend visit.

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Colby Reeder has emerged as one of the top linebacker prospects in the transfer portal, making the Delaware linebackers visit to Rutgers football over this weekend a significant one for the Scarlet Knights.

Having played for Delaware at Rutgers in Week 3, Reeder already had some background on the program. But he went into the weekend with what he says is a “business trip” mentality to understand the coaching staff and scheme at Rutgers to see how they can best prepare him for what he hopes will be one more season of college football before the NFL Draft.

“Rutgers is one of my top choices definitely being close to home and good coaches and good program. So, I figured I’d take the short trip up there this weekend, check out what they had to offer,” Reeder told ‘Rutgers Wire’ on Sunday.

“And I thought went well. I thought the coaches were really awesome. They spent a lot of time with me, got to have a few sit downs and film sessions. Give me a whole tour of the facility and everything and it went really well. And I was really pleased for what they had to offer and what they had to tell me and everything.”

In the mid-September game against Rutgers, Reeder had seven tackles and was flying all over the field, trying to make plays. He finished his season with 44 tackles, 2.5 sacks, an interception and a pass defended in six games played.

Coming out of high school, Reeder chose Delaware due to proximity to his family. Now, he says, location and proximity are nice but not the most important factor.

At Rutgers, his primary recruiter is Joe Susan, with whom their relationship has several layers. Not only did Susan play his college football at Delaware, but when Reeder was in high school, it was Susan who as head coach at Bucknell gave him his first offer.

Reeder called Susan “an awesome guy.”

On the trip, the transfer portal linebacker got to quickly see Willie Tyler, an offensive lineman who made his official visit over this weekend as well. Tyler is another priority for Rutgers out of the transfer portal.

As for the rest of his schedule, Reeder is hoping to make his decision over the next couple of weeks. He plans to visit Iowa State this weekend and maybe do one other visit midweek before making his choice. The hope is to accelerate things, he says, so he can get into the playbook before January.

“It did take a jump off. Really just from the coaches’ standpoint, I knew that their facilities were going to be nice, better than I’m used to coming from an FCS school.

“I knew their stadium and their equipment were going to be much prettier than I’m used to but just the knowledge of the game really, really surprised me – of how knowledgeable and how much wisdom they have to offer. I was just generally impressed by what they had to say and what they thought I had to work on.”

On Saturday, Reeder had lunch with quarterback Noah Vedral. He found it funny considering that just a couple months ago, the two shared a field and Reeder “was trying to hit him.”

Countdown to signing day: No. 9 player in 2022 Rutgers class is a solid cornerback

Rutgers football is adding a nice piece on defensive back Zilan Williams.

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Just like Dantae Chin, who checked in as the No. 10 player in the 2022 recruiting class according to ‘Rutgers Wire,’ Zilan Williams is one of the later additions to this class. That is absolutely no indictment on the defensive back, however, who was wanted by a number of top programs and has a proven track record with one of the top programs in Maryland.

Offers included Boston College, Maryland, Purdue and Virginia among others.

Williams is a solid add for Rutgers at any point in the recruiting solid but especially at this point in the calendar. At 6-foot-2, he has good length and is a physical, combative cornerback.

He has the type of length that Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano likes at the position. At DeMatha Catholic, he played against top competition. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see Williams see significant time on special teams and crack the two-deep at Rutgers as a freshman.

 

What stands out about Williams?

He is a ballhawk in the secondary, looking to make plays and create turnovers. Breaks well to the ball and is a solid, sure tackler who wraps up receivers. Sheds blocks well in run support.

Does a nice job of sticking with wide receivers, using hands and shadowing his targets. Doesn’t get turned around in man coverage.

Where does Williams need to develop?

Sometimes, Williams has a tendency to give a bit too much pad. Needs to be more physical at the line and combative with his hands. Footwork at times can be a little choppy, even as he has long strides when keeping up with a receiver down the field.