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Rutgers football went up to Canada again with an offer, offering Benedict Umeh this week.
Umeh, who hails from Toronto, will be at Avon Old Farms (Avon, CT) this season. He is a class of 2024 prospect.
At 6-foot-5 and 240 pounds, Umeh has some ideal size to play defensive line in the Big Ten.
The offer for Umeh signals a renewed emphasis for the Scarlet Knights in Canada. In late June, Rutgers football got a commitment from a class of 2023 athlete at Royal Canadian Collegiate of Canada, Dariel Djabome. The linebacker is listed as 6-foot-2 and 215 pounds and can run a 40 in 4.5 seconds.
Rutgers has a strong connection to Canada via assistant coach Jamal Westerman. A former standout defensive end at Rutgers, Westerman was born in Canada (Brampton, ON) and after several years in the NFL he played six seasons in the Canadian Football League.
He tweeted about the offer from Rutgers football on Monday night:
Blessed and excited to say that, after a great call with @RUCoachFraser and @GregSchiano , I have received my fourth D1 and first Big 10 offer from @RFootball‼️#Chop 🪓 @JonathanWholley @730scouting @Otb_football1 pic.twitter.com/VoelSNLCVO
— Benedict Umeh (@benedict_umeh) August 2, 2022