The Rutgers Scarlet Knights are looking to finally get into some kind of competition in the Big Ten over the next few years and new head coach Chris Ash certainly believes he could make an impact for them.
It certainly looks like one legendary college football player believes in the program.
Former Ohio State running back Eddie George, who won the Heisman Trophy in 1995, spoke on SiriusXM’s College Sports Today about the potential for Rutgers. He said that sooner or later, this team will be able to compete for national championships.
“I think they can compete on a national level,” George said. “They have. When they played in the Big East, they were ranked in the top (10) at one point in time. They are not foreign to having those experiences. It’s nothing new to this program.
“They are just in the middle of redefining who they are and finding the right leadership to get it done. You have to be able to win (recruiting battles) in-state. You have to be able to show these kids the pride you are trying to build at Rutgers.”
George, who has been involved with New Jersey football before as he worked with Union City High School to promote Russell Athletic’s new “Team On” brand, spoke about how Ash has had a very successful career as an assistant and is ready to take his career to the next level.
“I think Chris has done an amazing job through his career — at Wisconsin, went to Arkansas, at Ohio State learning under Urban — and now he can take all those learning experiences and build Rutgers the way he wants to from the inside out.”
It is hard to disagree with Eddie George, who is one of the most legendary players to come out of Ohio State in the team’s history. It will be fun to see if the Scarlet Knights can live up to George’s hype.