New Jersey’s top high school football recruit sets commitment date: Can Rutgers keep him home? –

Chase Bisontis, the top player in the Top 50, will announce the Power Five school he’ll attend on Sunday, July 24, at 5 p.m., he announced via Twitter on Friday. It will come down to his final four schools — Rutgers, Texas A&M, Michigan State and LSU (all which he officially visited), but the Aggies are the projected favorite.

However, just one offers Bisontis the chance to play at home, in front of family and close friends each week. And it’s not over ‘til it’s over.

After signing Hun (Princeton, N.J.) four-star offensive lineman Jacob Allen, New Jersey’s top recruit for (most of) the 2022 recruiting cycle, can Greg Schiano and Rutgers do it again?

A top 100 national recruit out of Don Bosco Prep in Ramsey New Jersey, Bisontis (6-5, 290) plays mean and he will put defenders on his highlight tape if they aren’t ready. Add in his technique and most defenders are in for a long day when Bisontis comes to town – a tough, mauling run blocker, who plays smart, physical, and with leverage.

Bisontis has strong hands and is a good enough athlete to mirror ends off the edge. He gets consistent movement on the line of scrimmage and makes square contact with defenders. He also excels at combination blocks and climbing to linebackers upfield.

That’s why he has more that 40 offers and is the state’s top recruit in his class.

Eric King and Chase Bisontis at Chop 23.

Eric King and Chase Bisontis at Chop 23. (Todderick Hunt)

Bisontis has a real bond with Greg Schiano, Rutgers offensive line coach Augie Hoffmann, and offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson and the numerous ex-Don Bosco coaches, like Drew Lascari, and players on the team, giving Rutgers (at least) a chance to sign the state’s top player, and offensive lineman, two years in a row.

We’ll learn soon enough if Rutgers’ ties were strong enough to keep Bisontis, who Rutgers has chased for almost four years, home. But it won’t be easy due to the NIL dollars flaunted by SEC football factories and Rutgers’ budding Big Ten rival, which will all scratch and claw for New Jersey’s top prize.


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