Rutgers’ incoming class of transfers has not made as many headlines as the much-ballyhooed wave of veteran additions during Greg Schiano’s first offseason back. But the quartet of 2021 FBS arrivals out of the NCAA transfer portal may still prove to have an impact.
How big an impact? Here’s how we see it on the eve of winter workouts kicking off:
DT Ifeanyi Maijeh: Maijeh figures to slide right in and replace the departed Michael Dwumfour next fall at the second interior tackle spot. Maijeh had 6.5 sacks in 2019 at Temple. He has two years of eligibility left. It remains to be seen if Maijeh will be the starter, though. Mayan Ahanotu will have something to say about that after playing significant snaps as one of the first linemen off the bench.
OT David Nwaogwugwu: The Temple transfer does not have a large body of work, so he is not a surefire addition to the Scarlet Knights’ offensive line. But the fact the staff had interest suggests they see him as a starter or someone who plays starter snaps, most likely at right tackle. That would allow Reggie Sutton to officially bump inside to guard, where he played in the second half of the season. Nwaogwugwu has three years of eligibility left.
CB Patrice Rene: Rutgers’ secondary depth issues are much more glaring at safety. Using a scholarship spot on Rene, the recent commit from North Carolina, indicates the staff has him pegged as a starter or playing starter-level snaps. Durability is a bit of a concern — he’s missed a combined 14 games the last two years — but he is an accomplished corner if on the field.
WR Joshua Youngblood: The Kansas State transfer was an All-American return man and he can fly. He will definitely make an impact on special teams. But will Tiquan Underwood be able to transform him as a receiver like he just did with Aron Cruickshank? And if so, will Youngblood be able to steal snaps from the bevy of returning options? We remain a bit bearish on how sizable Youngblood’s offensive impact will be in 2021.
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