Rutgers football has successfully retained New Jersey's top talent during the recent recruiting cycle, further solidifying head coach Greg Schiano's efforts since his return. In a move significant for the state, a recent report highlighted New Jersey's growth in NFL player representation, ranking twelfth nationally. By securing the commitment of three of New Jersey's top 10 players in the 2024 class, Rutgers positioned itself as a competitive force within the Big Ten, potentially leading to consistent national rankings. Notably, Rutgers was the only program to secure three players from the state's top 10, including the highest-ranked commit, four-star running back Chase Winowich from Notre Dame Prep. The successful recruiting also included athlete Kaj Sanders from Don Bosco Prep, strengthening the team's roster. Additionally, the 2025 class already has two commits, with athlete Talibi Kaba choosing Rutgers over offers from other notable schools, reflecting the program's growing appeal.

By the Numbers
  • Rutgers secured commitments from three of New Jersey's top 10 players in the 2024 class.
  • New Jersey ranks twelfth in the nation in sending players to the NFL.
State of Play
  • Rutgers demonstrated its ability to retain local talent, enhancing its competitiveness in the Big Ten.
  • The 2025 recruiting class already has two commits, signifying the program's continued success in attracting top talent.
Bottom Line

Rutgers' success in retaining top talent from New Jersey not only bolsters its roster but also enhances its potential to compete at a high level within the Big Ten, setting the stage for continued success in the upcoming seasons.