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Rutgers Football Beating Out Major Programs For Recruits In Class of 2025

Last weekend, Rutgers Football turned in an extremely busy weekend with a total of 10 commits in the Class of 2025.

It was another busy week for Greg Schiano and company with the talent continuing to improve in the class. The Scarlet Knights have landed multiple four-star recruits ranked in the Top 110 of ESPN’s 300. Rutgers now has the most commits in the class at 23 and sports a Top 10 group.

It began with Tariq Hayer. The safety from Washington, DC announced his commitment to Rutgers over the weekend. He is ranked as the 98th overall player by ESPN and ninth safety in the nation. The impressive part about Schiano’s recruiting is that he is beating out some of the premiere programs in the nation for players. Hayer held offers from Notre Dame, Auburn, Penn State, Tennessee, Ole Miss, and many more.

The success spilled into the week when Joshua Blackston committed on Monday. The 6-foot-4, 285-pound lineman was highly-sought-after and committed after an official visit. Blackston was being courted by Ohio State, Penn State, and Tennessee. He cancelled an official visit to Columbus after committing to the Scarlet Knights.

On Tuesday, Rutgers landed two of the top players in its home state. It began when Toms River, NJ native and four-star OL Jaelyne Matthews announced his decision. He previously listed Georgia, Tennessee, and Miami as his final three but added Rutgers in the mix and decided to stay home. He is currently the highest-rated commit for the Scarlet Knights at No. 93 overall and 14th tackle. He is ranked as the No. 2 player in New Jersey.

Finally, Michael Thomas III dropped another bomb on Tuesday night by announcing his commitment on social media. The 5-foot-10 receiver doubles as a track star and brings great speed and agility to the outside of the offense. Like Matthews, Thomas III hails from Toms River, NJ and decided to stay home. He held offers from major programs such as Michigan, Penn State, Michigan State, and Wisconsin, among others.

The recent run that Rutgers has been on has been incredible. Schiano has prioritized recruiting all along the east coast and it has been working wonders to this point. There is plenty of hype surrounding Rutgers this season because of returning talent in 2024. Now, the Class of 2025 brings even more hope and excitement for the future.


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