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National Signing Day recap: Rutgers, Syracuse football recruiting

Syracuse and Rutgers each signed their first full classes, despite different circumstances, under their current head coaches.


The Syracuse Orange signed 19 to their first recruiting class under head coach Scott Shafer, and almost a third of the class came from junior colleges.

Six of the Orange's signees Wednesday come from the junior college circuit, including offensive lineman John Miller from Los Angeles Harbor Community College and 6'3 linebacker Luke Arciniega from Sierra Community College in Rocklin, Calif. rated both as three-star players.

Shafer also signed quarterbacks Austin Wilson and Mitch Kimble.

Said Shafer, according to Sean Keeley at Troy Nunes is an Absolute Magician:

I don't know how many games we're gonna win. I just know I'm gonna be glad to fighting with these guys next to me.

Rutgers signed its first full class under second-year coach Kyle Flood (he was named the Rutgers coach less than a week before National Signing Day last year), and the class included 22 players. The headliner in the class is cornerback Nadir Barnwell. Barnwell was a consensus top-10 prospect from New Jersey who also played quarterback at Piscataway High School.

Barnwell was a grayshirt enrollee who has been in school at Rutgers for a month now, though he won't participate in spring practice due to a shoulder injury, according to