Rutgers Football: 3 most impactful newcomers for Scarlet Knights in 2023

Mandatory Credit: Kyle Ross-USA TODAY Sports
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Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive lineman Isaiah Iton (96) pressures LSU Tigers quarterback Max Johnson (14) during the second half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports
Oct 23, 2021; Oxford, Mississippi, USA; Mississippi Rebels defensive lineman Isaiah Iton (96) pressures LSU Tigers quarterback Max Johnson (14) during the second half at Vaught-Hemingway Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports /

2. Isaiah Iton, DL (transfer)

Surprisingly, the Scarlet Knights did not pursue more defensive linemen in high school or the portal this off-season. Rutgers signed one lineman out of high school and one in the portal, though they might not be done in the portal. Odds are they look to the transfer portal after spring practice.

Incoming frosh lineman Djibril Abdou Rahman continues the tradition of Canadian players being recruited by Rutgers. At 6-foot-3 and 245 pounds, Rahman could give the Scarlet Knights some instant pass rush early. Many veterans are along the defensive line; however, Rutgers finished 102nd in sacks, so they could use some push in the pass rush.

Mississippi transfer Isaiah Iton gives Rutgers some much-needed size in the middle of the defensive line. Iton was primarily a backup in Oxford but should be a plug-and-play starter for Rutgers. He also gives the Knights much-needed versatility along the line as well. Iton can play tackle and end in a traditional 4-3 defense.

Rutgers was solid defensively but struggled against better teams. The Knights need more bodies to hold up against the run. Iton gives Rutgers that depth.