Rutgers gets pledge from FCS OL via transfer portal
Rutgers is adding some depth and experience to its offensive line for the 2022 season. The Scarlet Knights received a big commitment over the weekend.
Sacred Heart offensive lineman JD DiRenzo announced on Twitter on Saturday that he has committed to Rutgers. The decision comes after spending 5 seasons at Sacred Heart, an FCS program. He will have 1 year of eligibility to use in Piscataway.
A New Jersey native, this will serve as a homecoming for DiRenzo.
— JD DiRenzo (@jddirenzo) January 8, 2022
At 6-foot-6, 315 pounds, DiRenzo brings B1G size to Rutgers’ offensive line. That’s been an area the Scarlet Knights have struggled since the Chris Ash days, so the arrival of DiRenzo should address some of that concern.
DiRenzo was also a multi-year starter at Sacred Heart and earned all-conference and All-America honors at the FCS level. There’s a good chance he’ll serve as a plug-and-play offensive lineman, getting the opportunity to win a starting job upon arrival.
Rutgers ended the 2021 season with a 5-8 record, getting an opportunity to play in the Gator Bowl despite a losing record. The Scarlet Knights earned a postseason trip after Texas A&M backed out because of COVID-19 issues, marking the first time the team had played in a bowl game since 2014.