Rutgers football coach Greg Schiano finds that things at the Birthplace of College Football are different the second time. Rutgers was in the old Big East when Schiano led them to five consecutive winning seasons, including an 11-win season in 2006. Schiano did not have to deal with NIL deals or the transfer portal.
On the other hand, some of the newer aspects of the college game — specifically the transfer portal — should help Rutgers with its turnaround.
It did take Schiano five seasons to build a winner in Piscataway, so they are on schedule in many respects. Winning those two extra conference games isn’t easy playing Ohio State, Michigan, Penn State, Maryland, and Michigan State every season.
This season, the last of divisions in the Big Ten, will be no different. Schiano is still building a roster that is short on talent and depth. This was a small high school class for the Knights, signing 19 high school players and five players in the transfer portal. One positive from this class is that they signed three of the top 15 prospects in the state.
Although the class is small, some new players should be vying for snaps this fall.
Here is a closer look at three of those players.