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Haskins Commits To Maryland, Russo To Announce Monday

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This one hurts.

The Rutgers football program absorbed another huge blow when another top notch quarterback spurned the Scarlet Knights. Dwayne Haskins Jr. of the Bullis School (Potomac, Md.) committed to Maryland over Rutgers, Florida, Virginia Tech, Notre Dame, and Penn State Friday during a live online announcement at his school.

The talented four-star New Jersey native (now lives in Maryland) had ties to the South Brunswick area with 2016 commit Mo Jabbie and his old Pop Warner coach ex-Rutgers wide receiver and Cincinnati Bengal Mohamed Sanu.

The signal caller favored Rutgers, but in the end, decided to stay “home” and start “The Movement” for all the top Maryland athletes to stay home. Haskins was supposed to help Rutgers contain the top Jersey kids in state.

The jury is out whether head coach Kyle Flood can keep the Jersey kids home and get commitments from four-star kids. So far, only Piscataway’s Nadir Barnwell and Marques Ford are the only four-star’s to commit to Flood and Rutgers. That number needs to skyrocket as the Big Ten is one of the best football conferences in the country.

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So, Bergen Catholic star quarterback Jarrett Guarantano (Tennessee) and now Haskins rejected the Scarlet Knights. Who is up next?

The next quarterback on Rutgers’ radar is Archbishop Wood’s (Pa) Anthony Russo.

QB Anthony Russo

QB Anthony Russo

Russo isn’t the flashy big name recruit like Guarantano or Haskins, but put up numbers on par with both.

The 6-3, 230-pounder threw for 1,551 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior. Haskins threw for 1,936 yards and 22 touchdowns. Similar numbers.

However, Russo doesn’t have neither the amount of offers as Haskins and Guarantano had about 40 offers each. According to Rivals.com, Russo has seven with the most recent one this past week from Buffalo and one from Rutgers well.

In spite of that, onthebanks.com provides a very optimistic look at Russo, and if he so chooses Rutgers, his “big frame, strong arm, and the ability to go through progressions to find an open receiver,” fits in the Rutgers Pro-Style scheme.

The Rutgers fans may not have to wait long as according to Russo’s twitter account, as he will be committing on Monday afternoon.

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Maybe Russo can save the day and shed some light on the Rutgers program. Maybe Russo can bring back the recruiting 2016 Dream Team and get away from the nightmare of the top players saying they like Rutgers and visit Rutgers multiple times, only to play college football elsewhere.

We will find out sooner or later, but remember, signing day isn’t until February.

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