Checkpoint #2 – Go bowling in year 2
By year two, Schiano will have a high number of his own recruits on the roster. In the first year, the new Rutgers coach won’t be playing much of his own team, the majority will be Chis Ash holdovers. Schiano’s recruits will be much more talented, as he has already assembled a quality Rutgers 2020 class, in a short period of time.
This is especially impressive considering the quick turnaround he had with the new early signing period and his ability to bring in some quality freshmen. It’s imperative for Rutgers to protect their home state of New Jersey. Over time, it will happen. Schiano is wired into the Garden State’s high school scene and connections always help.
His roster will be better in 2021, and the Scarlet Knights should find a way to make a bowl game. It may be an insignificant one, but just being able to say he took the team bowling, will be a big win. Reaping the benefits of taking Rutgers to the postseason will have a stronger effect on recruiting than one may originally think.
Scarlet Knights coaches will be able to sell to recruits that they have at least an average 6-6 record, with one of the better NCAA coaches of the 21st century. And they are just getting started in their mission to turn the program around. Even this small improvement will have a substantial impact on the quality of the players staying in-state.