Rutgers’ class of 2018 officially wrapped up on signing day, as it added one more player to its overall class. Long before that day, the first commit in that class got things rolling as Paramus Catholic cornerback Jarrett Paul will go down as Rutgers’ first commitment in the class of 2018.
The early signing period saw Paul sign his letter of intent, which meant that last week’s signing day was rather quiet.
“It was not that big of a deal to me because my recruiting process has always been quiet,” Paul told Scarlet Nation. “I have always just wanted to play football. I am not into all the hype and stuff.”
Paul may go down as one of the most under-recruited players in the RU class of 2018, but that’s not something that is weighing on his mind.
“I came from Christ the King in New York and everyone knows that New York football is not as strong as New Jersey football,” Paul said. “So, schools doubted it that and some schools don’t like when kids transfer like that. I did it for the opportunity to play against better competition. I got the opportunity to do that at Paramus Catholic and I made the most of it. I received a boost in my rankings after my first few weeks of playing there, so it paid off.”
And what was the best part of Paul’s recruitment?
“Probably just getting to commit. Rutgers offered me back in February of my junior year. I wanted to commit, but my family told me to wait and take my time with my decision. After a couple months passed, I knew Rutgers was where I wanted to be, so I told the coaches I am all in.”
Rutgers had a record number of spring semester enrollees this year and Paul explained why he was not among that bunch.
“I can enroll early, but my school doesn’t allow it. But I am to get down to the [Rutgers] bubble and do workouts every Saturday. That is a big deal to me, to be able to be up there and be with the guys and everything. Being an early enrollee was something I always wanted to do, but just wasn’t able. It is also a good thing because I can work on my body and work on my game before I get there.”
The Rutgers class is loaded with three-star prospects and Paul mentioned that the class should is one that should not be underestimated.
“The class finished up very well. We have a lot of talent, all over at every position. A lot of people don’t give this class enough credit. Now it is just time for us to show it on the field. All the recruiting hype is done. We just have to show everyone what we are made of.”
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