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The NCAA finally ruled on Matt Alaimo and Drew Singleton and it’s good news for Rutgers. Both former New Jersey high school players are eligible while the status of another Jersey product, Johnny Langan, is still pending.
Tight End Matt Alaimo, from Paramus, was a star at St Joseph of Montvale. He took an offer from UCLA and headed west but word is after one season in LA he wanted to be closer to home and chose to transfer back to Jersey. He did not see the field for the Bruins which is not a concern coming off of his first season.
Drew Singleton, from Union City, was buried on the depth chart at Michigan. He was a highly regarded linebacker out of Paramus Catholic who likely felt his best chance to see the field sooner is with Rutgers.
Were they a disappointment at their initial school of choice? Detractors of Rutgers, which there seems to be a lot of these days, would say yes. Hey, they would not have transferred in the first place if everything was fine, such is the nature of the transfer game. For Rutgers purposes, who cares? Both players were star recruits coming out of high school that still have highly promising potential and plenty of eligibility left. There’s nothing wrong with looking for a fresh start back in their home state. They’ll get that with Rutgers.
Alaimo will join grad transfer Kyle Penniston to immediately bolster the tight end position which up to two weeks ago had numerous questions. Singleton adds more depth at linebacker and will likely be playing with a chip on his shoulder if he felt the Michigan staff did give him a fair shake. Regardless of how it pans out, like the transfer grads added a couple of weeks ago, both players provide added depth to their positions and will press for playing time right away.
This is all good news for Chris Ash and his staff. Regardless of the questions about the players abilities and how much they’ll contribute, these additions provide more options to a roster that absolutely needed it. Odds are at least one or two of the new additions will pay off big for RU either now or down the road. At least there is more hope for the program. Certainly, more than they had three weeks ago.