Rutgers football scored a victory for both its needs and its prestige Saturday with one commitment.
Four-star recruit Patrice Rene chose Rutgers over fellow finalist and defending national champion Ohio State, after he previously whittled down a list that included North Carolina and Virginia Tech.
Rated as the No. 237 prospect in the nation by Rivals.com, the 6-foot-2, 203-pound defensive back is the first four-star among the 19 players committed to Rutgers in the class of 2016.
“Rene is one of the biggest commitments of the Kyle Flood era,” ScarletNation analyst Bobby Deren said. “He automatically becomes the top player in Rutgers’ 2016 recruiting class as one of the most talented defensive back recruits in the country.
“He is the complete package and an absolutely huge get for Rutgers. He has the elite size, speed and athleticism to excel at safety or cornerback.”
Originally from Ottawa, Canada, Rene plays at Episcopal High School in Virginia.
Rene’s commitment as well as the rise of quarterback commit Anthony Russo has helped turn the tide from the spring when quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano andDwayne Haskins both spurned Rutgers. Halfback Kareem Walker, a New Jersey star, picked Ohio State over Rutgers in January.