The hiring of Kyle Flood as Rutgers head football coach may lead to more recruits staying with Rutgers on National Signing Day.
Flood signed to coach Rutgers on Tuesday to replace the departing Greg Schiano, his first opportunity at a head coaching position.
An advantage to the Scarlet Knights keeping Flood in their family is that he knows the area and has strong recruiting contacts in New Jersey, and most players are expected to honor their commitments. According to USA Today, Rutgers ranks 34th in the nation with 17 recruits committed to signing with the team.
Four-star offensive linemen Chris Muller and J.J. Denman and three-star center Brandon Arcidiacono all plan to sign National Letters of Intent on Wednesday’s National Signing Day. Arcidiacono said he spoke to the new coach on the phone, and Flood told him, "Everything is going to be fine. Rutgers is still going to be huge,’ according to philly.com.
Some of the offensive players’ enthusiasm comes because of Flood’s record as an offensive line coordinator and coach. According to the New York Daily News, in 2007, Rutgers’ offensive line was second in the nation and allowed only 10 sacks. And the Scarlet Knights also became the first team in NCAA history to record a 3,000-yard passer, 2,000-yard rusher and two 1,000-yard receivers in the same year.
Also, Timber Creek High coach Rob Hinson said that 6-foot-2, 240-pound linebacker Quanzell Lambert is expected to sign with Rutgers. Hinson says the fact that Flood is likely to keep the same coaching staff and practice schedule will figure favorably in Lambert’s decision.
The Daily Targum reported that Rutgers had five offensive line verbal commitments before Wednesday. Muller is a U.S. Army All-American, while Denman and the top lineman in New Jersey, Ryan Brodie, are Semper Fidelis All-Americans. Arcidiacono is ranked as the eighth-best center in the nation. And Washington, D.C., lineman Derrick Nelson has also selected Rutgers.
Arcidiacono said, “He’s the reason I came to Rutgers.”