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WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Purdue football inked 19 players Wednesday, Dec. 15, during National Signing Day. It was the first of a three-day early signing period, and coach Jeff Brohm said that the team will continue to bring in players over the next year.
The Boilermakers’ 2022 recruiting class ranks outside of Sports Illustrated top-25 rankings, but it checks in at No. 38 in the 247Sports composite and No. 28 on the Rivals.com site as of Wednesday afternoon.
The class is made up of 11 prospects on the offensive side of the ball and eight on defense. Brohm and the rest of the Purdue coaching staff signed some of the best prospects in the area, with six new Boilermakers hailing from the state of Indiana.
“We couldn’t be more excited about this incoming class joining our Purdue Football family,” Brohm said in a release. “Our goal with every recruiting class is to sign guys with high character that can make a difference on and off the field. We have shown over our time here that freshman can make an immediate impact, and these guys will have a chance to do that. It is a special time to be a Boilermaker!”
VIDEO: Jeff Brohm National Signing Day Press Conference
Here are the players that have officially signed their national letters of intent:
- Jimmy Liston, Center
- Roman Pitre, Linebacker
- Kentrell Marks, Running Back
- Terrance Thomas, Running Back
- Jordan Buchanan, Safety
- Curtis Deville Jr., Wide Receiver
- Joseph Jefferson II, Safety
- Brady Allen, Quarterback
- Zion Steptoe, Wide Receiver
- Nic Caraway, Defensive Lineman
- JP Deeter, Defensive Lineman
- Malachi Preciado, Interior Offensive Lineman
- Mo Omonode, Defensive Lineman
- Charlie Kenrich, Tight End
- Joe Strickland, Defensive Lineman
- Max Klare, Tight End
- Vince Carpenter
- Cross Watson, Offensive Tackle
- Andre Oben, Offensive Tackle
- Dominack Moon, Linebacker
INDIANA WELCOMES TWENTY-FIVE ON DAY ONE OF EARLY SIGNING PERIOD
BLOOMINGTON, Ind. – Indiana head football coach Tom Allen announced on Wednesday the signing of 25 student-athletes to play for the Hoosiers in 2022. Today opened college football’s early signing period, which will run through Friday, Dec. 17.
Eighteen of the 25 signed National Letters of Intent, while seven transfers will head to Bloomington. The seven include defensive lineman LeDarrius Cox (Ole Miss), running back Josh Henderson (University of North Carolina), linebacker Bradley Jennings Jr. (University of Miami), defensive lineman Patrick Lucas Jr. (Ole Miss), running back Shaun Shivers (Auburn University), wide receiver Emery Simmons (University of North Carolina), and defensive lineman JH Tevis (University of California).
Seven of the signees are four-star prospects, including defensive lineman Nick James (Rivals, ESPN), linebacker Dasan McCullough (Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports), offensive lineman DJ Moore (Rivals, ESPN), defensive back Trevell Mullen (Rivals, ESPN), running back Gi’Bran Payne (Rivals, ESPN, 247Sports), defensive lineman Venson Sneed (Rivals), and defensive lineman Richard Thomas Jr. (ESPN).
IU signed 14 defensive players and 11 offensive players. Indiana added six defensive linemen, four linebackers, and four defensive linemen on defense, and four running backs, three offensive linemen, two wide receivers, and two tight ends on offense.
Players signed from 10 different states, including nine from Florida, five from Ohio, two each from Indiana, Alabama, and Texas, and one each from Arkansas, California, Louisiana, New Jersey, and North Carolina.
Penn State Football Inks 23 to 2022 Class
Class features 12 on offense, 10 on defense and one specialist
UNIVERSITY PARK, Pa. – Head coach James Franklin unveiled the 2022 Penn State Football recruiting class today during the Signing Day celebration in the Lasch Football Building.
Penn State welcomed 23 student-athletes, who signed National Letters of Intent to join the football program. Ten of the signees will be early enrollees in January – Drew Allar, Kaytron Allen, Jerry Cross, Zane Durant, Omari Evans, Cam Miller, JB Nelson, Beau Pribula, Kaden Saunders and Nicholas Singleton.
The Nittany Lions signed 16 recruits that were rated four stars or higher by 247Sports, On3, ESPN or Rivals.
Penn State again found success in the Mid-Atlantic and Northeast regions as 10 of the signees came from within a 200-mile radius of State College. The Nittany Lions’ class features players from 10 different states.
The Class of 2022 features 12 offensive signees, 10 defensive players and one specialist. There are 20 team captains, two players who have won a state championship eight players participating in high school national all-star games.
Penn State Football Class of 2022
Name. Pos. Ht. Wt. High School/Coach/Last School Hometown
Drew Allar QB 6-5 225 Medina/Larry Laird Medina, Ohio
Kaytron Allen RB 5-11 225 IMG Academy/Pepper Johnson Norfolk, Va.
Kaleb Artis DT 6-4 310 St. Francis Prep/Rich Carroll Westbury, N.Y.
Alex Bacchetta P 6-2 205 The Westminster Schools/Gerry Romberg Atlanta, Ga.
Abdul Carter LB 6-3 235 La Salle College/John Steinmetz Philadelphia, Pa.
Jerry Cross TE 6-5 255 Rufus King/Thomas Wozniak Milwaukee, Wis.
Dani Dennis-Sutton DE 6-5 255 McDonogh School (Md.)/Hakeem Sule Millsboro, Del.
Cristian Driver DB 5-11 185 Liberty Christian/Jason Witten Flower Mound, Texas
Zane Durant DT 6-1 260 Lake Nona/Anthony Paradiso Lake Nona, Fla.
Omari Evans WR 6-0 170 Shoemaker/Toby Foreman Killeen, Texas
Mehki Flowers DB 6-0 185 Central Dauphin East/Aaron Blanding Harrisburg, Pa.
Anthony Ivey WR 5-11 180 Manheim Township/Mark Evans Lancaster, Pa.
Tyler Johnson WR 6-0 175 Magna Vista/Joe Favero Martinsville, Va.
Maleek McNeil OL 6-7 355 Walter Panas/Bill Castro New York, N.Y.
Cam Miller DB 6-0 175 Trinity Christian Academy/Verlon Dorminey Yulee, Fla.
JB Nelson OL 6-5 300 Mount Lebanon/Bob Palko/Lackawanna College Pittsburgh, Pa.
Beau Pribula QB 6-2 205 Central York/Gerry Yonchiuk York, Pa.
Kaden Saunders WR 5-10 170 Westerville South/Matthew Christ Columbus, Ohio
Drew Shelton OL 6-5 275 Downingtown West/Mike Milano Downingtown, Pa.
Nicholas Singleton RB 6-0 215 Governor Mifflin/Jeff Lang Shillington, Pa.
Ken Talley LB 6-2 238 Northeast/Eric Clark Philadelphia, Pa.
Kevin Winston Jr. DB 6-2 190 DeMatha Catholic/Bill McGregor Columbia, Md.
Keon Wylie LB 6-2 200 Imhotep Charter/Devon Johnson Philadelphia, Pa.
Fitzgerald, ‘Cats Ink 15 During Early Signing Period
EVANSTON, Ill. – Northwestern welcomed 15 new Wildcats that signed National Letters of Intent as a part of the NCAA early-signing period, Dan and Susan Jones Family Head Football Coach Pat Fitzgerald announced on Wednesday.
Fitzgerald welcomed six student-athletes on offense and nine on defense as part of the incoming Class of 2021. The class includes Jack Lausch (Chicago, Ill.), Joseph Himon II (Little Rock, Ark.), Reggie Fleurima (Naperville, Ill.), Chris Petrucci (Park Ridge, Ill.), Nick Herzog (Olathe, Kan.), Danny “Deuce” McGuire (Chicago, Ill.), Austin Firestone (Niceville, Fla.) Brendan Flakes (Winter Garden, Fla.), Anto Saka (Phoenix, Md.), Braydon Brus (Glendora, Calif.), Robert Fitzgerald (Dallas, Tex.), Devin Turner (Little Elm, Tex.), Evan Smith (Birmingham, Ala.), Braden Turner (Mobile, Ala.) and Kenny Soares (New Canaan, Conn.).
Minnesota Gophers Add 22 Player to Roster
The University of Minnesota added 22 players to its roster today on national signing day. Head coach P.J. Fleck and his staff signed players from eight states and Canada, as they once again put together a highly ranked class.
The class consists of eight position groups, 12 offensive players and 10 defensive players.
On offense, Minnesota signed four wide receivers, three offensive linemen, two tight ends, two running backs and one quarterback. On defense, the Gophers added five defensive backs, three defensive linemen and two linebackers.
The Gophers added six players from Minnesota, three from Florida, three from Texas, three from Wisconsin, two from Pennsylvania and one each from Louisiana, North Carolina, Oklahoma and South Dakota. Minnesota also signed one player from Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
Jacob Knuth, Harrisburg, S.D., Harrisburg High School
Running Back (2)
Zach Evans, Heath, Texas, Rockwall-Heath High School
Max Grand, Ellsworth, Wis., Ellsworth High School
Tight End (2)
Spencer Alvarez, Columbia Heights, Minn., Columbia Heights High School
Nathan Jones, Brock Texas, Brock High School
Wide Receiver (4)
Kristen Hoskins, Alexandria, Minn., Alexandria High School
Ike White, Philadelphia, Pa., St. Frances Academy (Maryland)
Cade Conzemius, Minnetonka, Minn., Minnetonka High School
Evan Redding, Menomonee Falls, Wis., Menomonee Falls High School
Offensive Line (3)
Tony Nelson, Tracy, Minn., Tracy-Milroy-Balaton High School
Ashton Beers, Slinger, Wis., Slinger High School
Cade McConnell, Choctaw, Okla., Choctaw High School
Defensive Back (5)
Aidan Gousby, Lehigh Acres, Fla., Lehigh Senior High School
Rhyland Kelly, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Clearway Academy (Florida)
Coleman Bryson, Waynesville, N.C., Rabun Gap-Nacoochee School (Georgia)
Tariq Watson, Gretna, La., Helen Cox High School
Ryan Stapp, College Station, Texas, College Station High School, Abilene Christian University
Maverick Baranowski, Ponce Inlet, Fla., Spruce Creek High School
Joey Gerlach, Woodbury, Minn., Woodbury High School
Defensive Line (3)
Trey Bixby, Eden Prairie, Minn., Eden Prairie High School
Anthony Smith, Shippensburg, Pa., Shippensburg High School
Hayden Schwartz, Jacksonville, Fla., The Bolles School
RUTGERS: Football Announces 2022 Recruiting Class
Top-25 class includes 20 signees
PISCATAWAY, N.J. (Dec. 15, 2021) – Rutgers football head coach Greg Schiano announced the signing of 20 student-athletes to the 2022 recruiting class on Wednesday. The top-25 class, which includes the top recruit from New Jersey, New York and Kentucky, is the highest rated for the Scarlet Knights by 247Sports (No. 22). Nine different states are represented, including nine signees from the Garden State.
The following nine student-athletes will enroll in January and begin practice in March: ATH Thomas Amankwaa, OL Kwabena Asamoah, DL Kenny Fletcher, TE Mike Higgins, LB Anthony Johnson, DL Q’yaeir Price, WR Rashad Rochelle, OL Emir Stinette and LB Moses Walker. QB Gavin Wimsatt joined the program in September and played in three games this past season for the Scarlet Knights.
New Jersey: 9
New York: 1
DL • 6-7 • 245
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Jared Sauder at Leo … played defensive end and tight end during scholastic career … helped the Lions to an 11-1 record, a perfect 7-0 mark in league play and an appearance in the 2021 IHSAA Class 4A state playoffs … finished senior season with 44 tackles, 15 tackles-for-loss, six sacks and a safety … a First Team 4A Senior Class IFCA All-State selection at defensive end … a top-50 preseason selection in Northeast Indiana … produced 66 tackles and eight sacks as a junior to help Leo to a Northeast 8 Conference title in 2020 … a three-star recruit and No. 19 overall prospect from Indiana by Rivals … rated three stars and the No. 15 prospect from the Hoosier State by 247Sports … a top-10 signee from Indiana and three stars by ESPN … also a standout on the hardwood at Leo, leading the Lions to a 24-5 record and an appearance in the Class 3A title game … a First Team All-Northeast 8 selection as a forward.
OL • 6-6 • 295
Spotswood, N.J./Hun School
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Todd Smith at Hun … played offensive and defensive line during prep career … helped the Raiders to a 9-0 overall record and a top finish in Northeast Prep Football Conference standings … blocked for an offense that generated more than 2,400 yards rushing and 1,800 pass yards in 2021 … named a 2021 All-American and will compete in the East vs. West All-American Bowl on Jan. 8 in San Antonio, Texas … All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League first team honoree at offensive line … a consensus four-star prospect … New Jersey’s top scholastic prospect, the No. 12 overall offensive line signee nationally and the No. 136 overall recruit in the country by Rivals … top New Jersey prospect, No. 10 overall lineman in the country and the No. 167-rated recruit by 247Sports … an ESPN 300 recruit, rated a four-star prospect and a top-20 player at his position by the publication.
ATH • 6-0 • 195
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Kevin Carty at Hillsborough … played wide receiver, running back and defensive back during scholastic career … helped the Raiders to a perfect 13-0 record and an NJSIAA South Jersey Group V title … accounted for more than 2,000 total yards and 27 touchdowns as a senior … finished with 36 catches for 853 yards and 12 touchdowns and added 89 rushes for 1,128 yards and 15 scores … earned First Team All-New Jersey on offense by USA TODAY … hauled in 27 catches for 558 yards and five scores and added two interceptions as a junior … Second Team All-Group V in 2020 by NJ.com … all-area and all-conference by the Courier News … three-star prospect and No. 19 in the Garden State by Rivals … the No. 22 overall signee in New Jersey and a three-star recruit by 247Sports … a top-50 safety recruit in the country by ESPN.
OL • 6-4 • 325
Pickerington, Ohio/Pickerington Central
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Jay Sharett at Pickerington Central … played on the offensive and defensive lines during scholastic career … helped the Tigers to a 12-2 record, a perfect 5-0 mark in conference action and an appearance in the OHSAA quarterfinals … earned Second Team All-Central District by The Columbus Dispatch … helped Pickerington Central to an OHSAA title game appearance as a junior in 2020 … also earned all-district honors as a junior by The Columbus Dispatch … the No. 23 recruit in Ohio, the No. 33 overall guard recruit in the country and a three-star signee by Rivals … the No. 20 overall recruit from Ohio and rated three stars by 247Sports … a three-star prospect and top-50 guard prospect nationally by ESPN.
WR • 6-3 • 175
Stuart, Fla./Martin County
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Rod Harris at Martin County … played wide receiver and defensive back during scholastic career … helped the Tigers to a 9-1 record and an appearance in the FHSAA 7A playoffs as a senior in 2021 … finished with 837 receiving yards and 1,200 all-purpose yards along with 11 touchdowns as a junior in 2020 … a four-star prospect and a top-50 receiver in the country by Rivals … rated four stars and a top-100 wide receiver prospect by ESPN … a three-star prospect and top-50 prospect in the state of Florida by 247Sports.
Samuel Brown V
RB • 6-1 • 205
Philadelphia, Pa./La Salle College
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by John Steinmetz at La Salle College … played running back during scholastic career … helped the Explorers to a 9-2 record and a playoff appearance as a senior … second team all-state as a junior, helping team to a 6-1 record during the COVID-19-shortened campaign … a four-star recruit, the No. 6-rated all-purpose back in the country and No. 7 overall signee from Pennsylvania by Rivals … rated the No. 11 recruit from the Keystone State, the No. 32 running back in the nation and a four-star talent by 247Sports … No. 14 in Pennsylvania by ESPN … also competed in basketball at La Salle and averaged 14.8 points per game as a junior during the 2020-21 season.
OL • 6-4 • 300
Weston, Fla./Cypress Bay
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Rocco Casullo at Cypress Bay … played on the offensive line during scholastic career … only started to play football this past season … helped the Lightning to a 7-3 record as a senior … competed in the BCAA North vs. South All-Star game … a three-star prospect by ESPN and Rivals.
Joe De Croce
OL • 6-6 • 290
Haworth, N.J./Northern Valley Regional
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Paul Doran at Northern Valley Regional … played along the offensive and defensive lines during scholastic career … missed senior season due to injury … competed at Don Bosco Prep as a junior in 2020 … a three-star recruit and No. 21 overall prospect in New Jersey by Rivals … No. 21 in the state and a top-100 lineman in the country by 247Sports … rated three stars by ESPN.
DL • 6-4 • 215
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Garrett Lucas at Delran … played defensive end and wide receiver during scholastic career … helped the Bears to a 6-3 record and an appearance in the NJSIAA South Jersey Group III playoffs … finished senior season with 95 tackles, 25 tackles-for-loss, 21 quarterback hurries and six sacks … also hauled in 34 catches for 383 yards and three touchdowns and threw two touchdown passes during standout 2021 season … first team all-division on the defensive line … produced 21 tackles, 11 quarterback hurries, seven tackles-for-loss and a forced fumble to go along with 23 catches for 350 yards and a touchdown as a junior … All-South Jersey second team honoree in 2020 … generated impressive sophomore season with 62 tackles, 17 tackles-for-loss and 15 sacks in 2019 … a four-star signee, the No. 3 prospect in New Jersey and the No. 20 overall defensive end recruit in the country by Rivals … the No. 7 recruit in the state by 247Sports … a three-star signee and No. 16 in the Garden State by ESPN … also plays basketball at Delran.
TE • 6-6 • 240
Ho-Ho-Kus, N.J./Blair Academy
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Greg Bowman at Blair Academy … played tight end and defensive end during prep career … helped the Bucs to a 6-3 record in 2021 … hauled in 25 catches for 504 yards and 10 touchdowns during prep season at Blair … All-Mid-Atlantic Prep League first team honoree at tight end … played football at Don Bosco Prep in 2020 … originally played baseball and basketball at Don Bosco before picking up football as a senior … a three-star prospect by 247Sports and Rivals … father, Mike, played baseball at Rutgers from 1990-93, earned All-America status and was drafted by the Colorado Rockies in the 22nd round of the 1993 MLB June Amateur Draft.
LB • 6-1 • 245
Philadelphia, Pa./Neumann Goretti
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Albie Crosby at Neumann Goretti … played linebacker during scholastic career … helped the Saints to a 12-2 record and an appearance in the PIAA 3A state semifinals … All-Southeastern Pennsylvania honorable mention as a sophomore in 2019 … a consensus four-star prospect … No. 9 prospect from Pennsylvania and No. 10 overall linebacker recruit nationally by Rivals … the No. 24 linebacker signee in the country and a top-10 recruit from the Keystone State by 247Sports … an ESPN 300 recruit, rated the sixth-best linebacker prospect by the publication.
OL • 6-7 • 295
Union City, N.J./Union City
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Wil Valdez at Union City … served as a team captain and played on the offensive and defensive lines during scholastic career … All-Super Football Conference second team all-division selection on the offensive line as a senior by NJ.com … a three-star prospect and the No. 22 recruit in New Jersey by Rivals … the No. 24 overall recruit in the state by 247Sports … No. 23 in the Garden State and a three-star signee by ESPN.
K • 5-9 • 170
Monmouth Junction, N.J./South Brunswick
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by John Viotto at South Brunswick … leaves holding the school record with 22 career field goals, 67 touchbacks and 78-for-78 on PATs … earned USA TODAY All-New Jersey as a senior in 2021 after converting nine field goals with a long of 42 yards and all 23 PATs … launched 29-of-39 kickoffs for a touchback … also served as the Vikings’ punter and as a team captain … named USA TODAY All-New Jersey, First Team Greater Middlesex Conference and first team all-area as a junior after making 7-of-8 field goals with a long of 40 yards and all 22 PATs in 2020 … booted a touchback on 19-of-36 kickoffs … a third team all-state selection as a sophomore in 2019 with a long of 44 yards … rated a four-star kicker by Kohl’s Kicking.
DL • 6-2 • 255
Paterson, N.J./DePaul Catholic
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by John McKenna at DePaul Catholic … played along the defensive line during scholastic career … helped the Spartans to a 10-3 record and an NJSIAA Non-Public B title game appearance in 2021 … finished senior season with 106 tackles, 35.5 tackles-for-loss, 14.5 sacks, two forced fumbles and an interception … DePaul Catholic’s defense held its opponents to seven or fewer points eight times in 2021 … USA TODAY All-New Jersey first team selection at defensive end … combined for 37 tackles-for-loss, 16 sacks and three forced fumbles during junior and sophomore seasons … a three-star signee and No. 14 overall player in the state by Rivals … the No. 10 overall prospect in New Jersey by 247Sports … No. 9 in the Garden State, No. 49 in the country at defensive end and a three-star prospect by ESPN.
WR • 5-11 • 170
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Roy Gully at Springfield … played quarterback and defensive back in high school … enjoyed a prolific scholastic career and accounted for 9,430 total yards and 131 touchdowns during time at Springfield … career included 6,519 passing yards and 75 touchdown passes along with 2,911 rushing yards and 56 touchdowns on the ground … helped the Senators to a 7-4 record and an appearance in the IHSA Class 6A playoffs … a dynamic athlete that finished senior season with 86 completions for 1,733 yards and 22 touchdowns and 158 carries for 1,003 yards and 19 scores on the ground … accounted for more than 3,100 yards in 2021 … Class 6A First Team All-State selection by the IHSFCA … a Central State Eight all-conference selection … threw for 1,069 yards and 11 touchdowns and ran for 591 yards and 12 scores in just six games during shortened 2020 season as a junior … became the first sophomore in Central State Eight Conference history to run and pass for more than 1,000 yards each in 2019 … No. 13 player in Illinois by 247Sports … a three-star prospect and top-30 recruit in the state by Rivals … the No. 10 overall prospect in Illinois and the No. 15 overall dual-threat quarterback recruit in the country by ESPN.
OL • 6-5 • 380
Philadelphia, Pa./Imhotep Charter
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Devon Johnson at Imhotep Charter … played on the offensive line during scholastic career … helped the Panthers to an 11-2 record and a PSAA 5A title game appearance … a three-star signee and No. 23 overall player in Pennsylvania by Rivals … the No. 27 overall prospect from the Keystone State by 247Sports … a top-100 player at his position and a three-star prospect by ESPN.
LB • 6-2 • 220
Staten Island, N.Y./Erasmus Hall
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Danny Landberg at Erasmus Hall … played linebacker during scholastic career … helped the Dutchmen to a perfect 9-0 record and a 2021 PSAL title, the school’s third consecutive PSAL championship … a consensus four-star recruit and No. 1 overall recruit in New York … the No. 14 outside linebacker in the country and No. 183 overall player nationally by Rivals … pegged the No. 18 overall linebacker prospect in the country by 247Sports … an ESPN 300 recruit, rated the No. 1 player in New York and the No. 14 outside linebacker recruit in the country by the publication.
OL • 6-6 • 310
Jersey City, N.J./Hudson Catholic
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Lou Zampella at Hudson Catholic … played along the offensive line during scholastic career … helped the Hawks to a 7-3 record and an NJSIAA Non-Public B playoff appearance … USA TODAY All-New Jersey Second Team selection at offensive line … a three-star prospect and No. 11 overall recruit in New Jersey by Rivals … the No. 14 signee in the Garden State and a top-100 lineman prospect nationally by 247Sports … a three-star prospect and top-20 recruit in the state by ESPN.
DB • 6-2 • 180
Martinsburg, W.Va./DeMatha Catholic [Md.]
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Bill McGregor at DeMatha Catholic … played defensive back during scholastic career … helped the Stags to a 7-3 record and a WCAC – Capital playoff appearance … a three-star signee by Rivals … the No. 27 overall prospect in Maryland by 247Sports.
QB • 6-3 • 200
2021 (Freshman): Played in three games … saw action at Penn State (11/20) … rushed for 20 yards in the win at Indiana (11/13) … made collegiate debut with a 13-yard completion on fourth down to extend go-ahead drive in the win at Illinois (10/30).
Prior to Rutgers: Coached by Jay Fallin at Owensboro … one of the top scholastic signal callers in the country … Elite 11 finalist … KHSAA Class 5-A State Player of the Year … helped the Red Devils to an appearance in the KHSAA Class 5-A state title game as a junior in 2020 and the semifinals as a sophomore in 2019 … finished high school career with 5,304 passing yards and 62 passing touchdowns … threw for 504 yards and five touchdowns in two games for Owensboro as a senior in 2021 before enrolling early at Rutgers in September … completed 143 passes for 2,075 yards and 26 touchdowns to go along with 408 yards and six touchdowns on the ground as a junior … 2020 first team all-state selection by the coaches … 2020 Offensive Player of the Year by The Owensboro-Times …also threw for 2,729 yards and 31 touchdowns as a sophomore in 2019 … a consensus four-star prospect … top player in Kentucky and the No. 4 dual-threat quarterback nationally by Rivals … the No. 11 signal caller in the country and a top-150 prospect by 247Sports … an ESPN 300 recruit and No. 7 quarterback nationally by ESPN.