Rutgers picks up pledge from transferring Michigan DL
Not many coaches have been as active in the NCAA transfer portal as Rutgers’ Greg Schiano. On Monday, the leader of the Scarlet Knights was able to dip back into the portal and add another pledge.
Former Michigan defensive lineman Aaron Lewis has given his commitment to Rutgers, making the announcement with a post on Twitter. The New Jersey native was a member of the Wolverines’ 2020 recruiting class, but was an early enrollee at UM.
“After deep discussions with my family, I’ve decided it’s best for me to continue my academic and athletic career at Rutgers University where I will be closer to home,” Lewis wrote on Twitter.
After deep discussions with my family, I’ve decided it’s best for me to continue my academic and athletic career at Rutgers University where I will be closer to home. @RUCoachFran @CoachPanagos @GregSchiano pic.twitter.com/RMp1tVAC61
— aaron.lewis84 (@aaron_lewis71) July 20, 2020
Lewis opted to enter his name in the NCAA transfer portal last week. In an interview with 247Sports, he said that family health concerns were the reason behind his decision.
“I didn’t want to leave but my mom got a little sick,” Lewis told 247Sports. “She’s going to be ok but I need to be closer to home right now. It’s not that I wanted to be closer to home, but I had to be closer to home.
“She will be ok.”
As a member of the 2020 recruiting class, Lewis was ranked as the No. 17 strong-side defensive end. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound prospect was also listed as the No. 463 overall talent of the cycle, regardless of position.
Lewis is the second former Wolverine to join the Rutgers roster. Michael Dwumfour also committed to Rutgers after hitting the NCAA transfer portal.
Rutgers now has 11 players committed who entered the NCAA transfer portal. Seven of those new additions previously played at B1G schools.