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January 28, 2013

The Monday Morning Kickoff

It was a busy weekend across the board for Rutgers sports and The Monday Morning Kickoff gets you caught up on all the latest news in the scarlet nation.

A view from the gridiron (Rutgers Football)
It was an official visit weekend on the Rutgers campus with a host of prospects making the trip to Piscataway. There were four uncommitted prospects highlighted by University School four-star linebacker Skai Moore of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

All reports from other visitors indicated that Moore thoroughly enjoyed his time in Piscataway while Moore remained mum yesterday. University head coach Roger Harriott had yet to speak in-depth with Moore regarding his official visit but said Moore told him briefly the weekend went really well.

Look for an article on Moore coming up later today.

Another uncommitted Florida prospect was on hand in Dade City Pasco wide receiver Janarion Grant.

"It was a great visit," said Grant. "Getting the chance to see snow for the first time, meeting with Coach Flood and the coaches, and seeing the campus and what I would do if I committed there. It was great."

ASA College offensive lineman Ali Kassem did not have as far to travel, but he too came away with a positive take on Rutgers.

"We toured all the facilities on Saturday, we toured the dorms and all that stuff," Kassem said. "It was just unbelievable how big of a program it has become. It's a game changer."

Metuchen offensive lineman Dorian Miller was among the committed prospects in attendance.

"I was happy to get down there, spend some time with the players and finally stay down there overnight," said Miller, who was hosted by starting left tackle Kaleb Johnson. "It was a great visit."

Stay logged on to Scarlet Nation for more more reactions from all the weekend visitors as well as the latest breaking developments.

The take from center court (Rutgers Basketball)
Rutgers faltered on the road against UConn yesterday by a final of 66-54. The lost was the Scarlet Knights' third straight, dropping their season record to 12-7.

"I give UConn a lot of credit, they struggled in spurts to score, but they found ways in the end to put their foot on the gas and run away with it," said Rutgers head coach Mike Rice. "Our team continues to struggle with carelessness, both offensively and defensively."

Sophomore guard Jerome Seagears had 21 points in the loss, which was a career high. Sophomore forward Kadeem jack just missed out on a double-double, scoring eight points and grabbing nine rebounds.

Rutgers will look to get back into the win column this Wednesday with a road contest against Cincinnati with tip off set for 7 p.m. EST.

Life on the mat (Rutgers Wrestling)
Rutgers split a pair of matches over the weekend, defeating West Virginia on the road Friday night by a final of 26-10. The Scarlet Knights were then edged out by Navy on Saturday 19-15.

Senior Scott Winston reached a milestone against West Virginia when he recorded his 100th career victory via first-period pin. Winston became only the 13th Scarlet Knight to reach the century mark in career victories.

Rutgers is now 14-3 on the season and 6-1 in EIWA competition. Next up is a Friday night matchup against Bloomsburg inside the College Ave Gym with a start time of 6:30 p.m.

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