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June 17, 2013It is turning into a busy and prosperous time on the recruiting front for Rutgers football and things are also getting interesting in the world of Rutgers basketball. The Monday Morning Kickoff gets you up-to-date on all the latest news as a new week dawns in the scarlet nation.
A view from the gridiron (Rutgers Football)
It was a two-for-Friday last week when Minnesota tight end George Behr and Harrisburg (Pa.) running back Robert Martin both committed to Rutgers.
Playing an important part in Martin's recruitment was new offensive coordinator Ron Prince.
"Coach Prince, the offensive coordinator, he kept in touch with me," said Martin, who collected 16 offers. "He told me I could fit right in with their offense. His character really stands out. He just don't hold anything back. He's a good guy and he played college ball. He really knows what it is and he just tells you straight up how he feels and stuff like that."
Another recruiting twist surfaced on Saturday when Texas tight end Logan Lister offered up a soft commit to Rutgers. Lister is scheduled to make a trip to Piscataway on Friday.
"I am still visiting this week," Lister said on Saturday. "I just wanted to see the campus and the area and make sure I like it and it feels right before it becomes a strong verbal."
Rutgers will receive a visit today from Philadelphia wide receiver Jamal Custis of Neumann-Gorretti. Custis currently has Rutgers in his top three along with Virginia and Pitt.
Rutgers is also likely to receive a visit this week from Eastern Christian Academy (Md.) four-star wide receiver Freddy Canteen, who is looking to make a decision in the near future.
"I should be up there next week," Canteen told Scarlet Nation on Saturday. "And Rutgers is still high with me."
Stay logged onto The Round Table for all the latest recruiting updates as well as the return of our original 'Ask The Staff' feature later today.
The take from center court (Rutgers Basketball)
The Rutgers hoops program got a much-welcome boost on Friday when the long-rumored return of guard Jerome Seagears became official. Seagears, who transferred to Auburn on April 9th in the aftermath of the Mike Rice scandal, underwent a change of heart and elected to return to the banks.
By NCAA regulation, Seagears is eligible immediately and will bolster a backcourt in need of depth. He played in 31 games last season, starting 19, and averaged 6.5 points and 2.6 assists in 27.2 minutes per contest.
"I believe everything happens for a reason and God has a plan for everybody," said Seagears. "I believe this is his plan for me, to return home to my Scarlet Knights. I have experienced a lot of uncertainty over the last several months and I look forward to continuing my college career where it started."
With the return of Seagears, Rutgers is now at 12 scholarship players for next season. Nine are cleared for competition, with two more (Kerwin Okoro and J.J. Moore) hoping to receive waivers to become immediately eligible, and a third, Junior Etou, needing to pass through the NCAA clearinghouse.