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“One of those things is a big change. It’s probably unprecedented for all of them to happen at the same time,” Ciano said at last week’s Big Ten Media Day event in Indianapolis.
“At the same time, so what? What are you going to do now?
“We are trying to adapt.”
Hoping to continue the momentum, Rutgers brought in several impact transfers and landed its highest-ranked recruiting class in a decade. Many of the new Scarlet Knights are expected to have an immediate impact.
With that in mind, here are five new Scarlet Knights to watch when Rutgers opens training camp on Wednesday.
Amanqua danced up and down the field in celebration. Championship on the field of SHI Stadium He last played in an official match at SHI Stadium. That was it for Hillsborough High, though, and Rutgers hopes the Somerset County native can be versatile when he suits up for the Scarlet Knights. Amanqua can be kept safe, but its versatility can be used in all three levels. Amanqua earned first-team all-state honors as a high school senior by catching 12 touchdown passes.
Rutgers rotates defensive linemen more than any other position team. That’s why there could be a path to early playing time for Fletcher, a freshman from Delran. The 6-3, 220-pound defensive lineman collected 95 tackles and 6 sacks in his final high school season. He joins a promising group of tight ends that should include sophomore starters Kyonte Hamilton and Aaron Lewis.
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Jump from Sacred Heart for the Great Ten, may be especially big for an offensive lineman, but Rutgers believes DiRenzo can be an impact player out of the gate. The 6-6, 320-pound grad transfer was a four-year starter at his former school and led the FCS’ best rushing attack a season ago. DiRenzo, a former all-state player out of St. Joseph (Ham.), could be one of three new starters on the offensive line when Rutgers opens Sept. 3 at Boston College. Look for him in the right guard.
If the spring game is any indication, the transfer portal should give a big boost to wider adoption. Ryan caught four passes for 48 yards in the spring game, now in his third program with stops at West Virginia and Temple. A graduate of Erasmus Hall in Brooklyn, NFL draft pick Bo Melton is another outside threat hoping to replace him.
Willie Tyler III
It’s Rutgers. Tyler’s fourth stop. After previous stints at Iowa Western (JUCO), Texas and Louisiana-Monroe, Rutgers is hoping Tyler will find his forever home at left tackle. The 6-6, 320-pounder hopes to be one of the transfer portal gems for a rebuilt offensive line that includes several new faces.
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