It was an exciting Wednesday for Rutgers football, as the Scarlet Knight class of 2019 multiplied itself by three earlier this week.

C.J. Hanson, Zukudo Igwenagu, and Dylan Deveney all announced their intention to sign with Chris Ash’s team this winter on various social media outlets.  All three athletes are three-star recruits with tremendous upsides for the Scarlet Knights.

Hanson, a 6-foot-5, 285-pound guard from Holmdel, NJ (St. John’s Vianney), boasts an impressive physical presence on the offensive line.  Hanson is also the goalie for St. John’s Vianney’s lacrosse team, so his unrelenting toughness and quick feet are well tested in competition.  

After being recruited primarily by offensive line coach AJ Blazek, Hanson is expected to thrive under Blazek’s tutelage, who’s main goal will be to polish Hanson’s technique so that it matches with his natural toughness on the O-line and can compete in the Big Ten.

Per 247Sports, Hanson is the No. 34 ranked recruit in the state of New Jersey, and was given a three star rating.  Hanson also held offers from Syracuse, Temple, Virginia and over a dozen other institutions.

Zukudo Igwenagu is a 6-foot-4, 215 pound linebacker and safety out of Worcester Academy in Auburn, Massachusetts, and will most likely specialize as a receiver early in his career on the banks.  The top recruit from his home state, Igwenagu gets a great look at opposing team’s offense and has an uncanny ability to make plays as a defender.

In addition to his excellent field vision, Igwenagu boasts a 4.51 second 40-yard dash, which would have ranked him third among linebackers at this year’s NFL combine.  Igwenagu’s impressive athleticism will be a welcome addition to Piscataway, and thanks to his speed and size, Igwenagu is expected to make an impact soon after he arrives on campus.

Igwenagu drew interest from Michigan, Northwestern and UCLA, and held offers from Temple and UMass before committing to Rutgers.

Chris Ash’s third commitment of the day came from Princeton’s Dylan Deveney, a 6-foot-7, 245-pound tight end.  After graduating from Shawnee High School earlier this spring, Deveney announced that he will attend the Hun Preparatory School for a post graduate year before beginning his career on the banks.

The No. 16 ranked prospect in New Jersey, Deveney has the versatility to compete at the next level.  In addition to being a starter on Shawnee High School’s football team, Deveney also has four letters in basketball and held Division I offers as a baseball player.  

Deveney’s style of play fits in nicely with Offensive Coordinator John McNulty’s playbook, who will be in his second year at the helm of the Scarlet Knight offense when Deveney arrives on campus.  

In addition to being recruited by Rutgers, Deveney held offers from Big Ten schools Minnesota and Maryland, with the Terrapins and Pittsburgh pursuing Deveney the hardest.

The current 2019 recruiting class is up to nine members and now ranks No. 12 in the Big Ten, while jumping up ten spots to land at No. 49 nationally after Wednesday’s trio of commitments, per 247Sports.  Eight of the Scarlet Knights commits boast a three star rating, with two thirds of the class coming from the state of New Jersey.

Content Creator at Armchair Rutgers , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My love affair with sports began at the age of three, when I was the biggest cheerleader of my brother’s Little League team. I knew that I was sucked in at the age of eight, when I bawled my eyes outside Shea Stadium after watching Mike Piazza play his last game as a New York Met. To this day I am a diehard Mets, and Jets fan. There is very little joy in my life. As much as I adore to watch sports, growing up I loved playing them even more. There was rarely a day of the week I wasn’t being shuttled off to some sort of practice. My favorite sports were softball, where I was coached by my dad until I reached middle school, and gymnastics, which I am still involved with as a coach and student manager at Rutgers University.
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Content Creator at Armchair Rutgers , The Armchair All-Americans, LLC
My love affair with sports began at the age of three, when I was the biggest cheerleader of my brother’s Little League team. I knew that I was sucked in at the age of eight, when I bawled my eyes outside Shea Stadium after watching Mike Piazza play his last game as a New York Met. To this day I am a diehard Mets, and Jets fan. There is very little joy in my life. As much as I adore to watch sports, growing up I loved playing them even more. There was rarely a day of the week I wasn’t being shuttled off to some sort of practice. My favorite sports were softball, where I was coached by my dad until I reached middle school, and gymnastics, which I am still involved with as a coach and student manager at Rutgers University.

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