Rutgers football received the thirteenth verbal pledge for its recruiting class of 2022 on Sunday when DJ Allen announced he was joining the program after an official visit last weekend.
The 3-star defensive end from Leo, Indiana, is ranked 15th best rookie in Hoosier State on the 247 Sports Composite Rankings. The 6’7 “, 225-pound prospect has a 4.0 GPA and has gained over 30 pounds since last fall according to NJ Advance Media’s Todderick Hunt in this article. He also plays basketball and competes. in several high school athletics events in addition to football.
Allen holds nearly two dozen offerings, as well as several Big Ten schools, including Michigan and the State of Michigan. He had scheduled official visits to the Northwest, Vanderbilt, and Iowa, but ultimately chose the first power-five program to give him to Rutgers.
Defensive line coach Jim Panagos was Allen’s main recruiter, who is an intriguing addition to the job pool. He is very quick for his size, has good direction change abilities and can finish tackles. Adding strength and power to his large frame while maintaining the speed and quickness he already possesses is key to his overall development.
The 2022 recruiting class for Rutgers remains ranked 3rd in the Big Ten and 7th nationally on the 247 Sports Composite Rankings.
Head Coach Greg Schiano and his coaching staff do a good job of attracting talent to other Big Ten states except New Jersey, Illinois (Rashad Rochelle), Ohio (Kwabena Asamoah), Pennsylvania (Samuel Brown, Anthony Johnson) and now Indiana with Allen.
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