If there was any doubt in Rutgers’ ability to recruit, this week should begin to put that to rest. On Monday, New York’s No. 7 prospect committed to the Scarlet Knights. Just a day later, New York’s No. 11 ranked recruit, Stevie Scott, of Christian Brothers Academy (Syracuse. N.Y.) made his commitment to Rutgers.
The running back’s decision apparently left coach Chris Ash “shocked,” as Scott was able to provide NJ.Com with his future coach’s reaction. Rutgers’ ability to attract strong talent after last year’s meltdown seems to come as a surprise to all.
Scott is now the 17th commitment for Rutgers, raising their national recruiting rank to 10th in the Big Ten, and 50th in the nation. The addition will bring a new threat to the Scarlet Knights’ ground game in 2018.
Stevie Scott could make an immediate impact once he joins the team next season. At 6-foot-1 and 240 pounds, the back will add size and muscle to the backfield. With three backs graduating next year, Scott has a legitimate chance at stepping in and picking up a role right away.
During his junior year at Christian Brothers Academy Scott carried the ball 97 times for an impressive 1,269 yards and 18 touchdowns. Scott earned The power back averaged 13.0 yards per carry and if you watch the tape, he earns that yardage. Stevie has one of the unteachable skills coach’s look for in running backs; commanding leg drive.
Ash may be surprised, but commitments like these only fortify his worth. A whopping 15 of those 17 players set to join the team in 2018 have 3 star rankings, and there is room for more to come. Commitments like Stevie Scott are huge additions for a team aiming to climb out of the fog of a 2-10 season.
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