On Sunday morning, Rutgers football received a commitment from Sean Ashenfelder. The Florida quarterback is the first player committed to Rutgers from the 2025 recruiting class.
He gave his verbal while on an unofficial visit this past weekend to Rutgers. In moving to 3-0 on the season, Rutgers beat Virginia Tech 35-16.
At the time of his commitment, Ashenfelder held offers from Pittsburgh, UCF, Cincinnati, UConn, Liberty, Pittsburgh, USF, Virginia Tech and West Virginia among others. His offer from Rutgers came in early February.
He talked with Rutgers Wire about his commitment to the program and head coach Greg Schiano over the weekend.
“It felt right to make this decision. I love the culture that coach Schiano has built at Rutgers,” Ashenfelder said.
“Just seeing the atmosphere was great and seeing how passionate the fans are. I am 100 percent locked in.
“I know this is where I want to go so why wait? It just feels right.”
As a sophomore, Ashenfelder played in 11 games where he went 66-of-109 for 923 yards with nine touchdowns and three interceptions.
This season, his first as a starter, he is 25-of-54 for 333 passing yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions. He also has 16 carries for 153 yards and four rushing touchdowns.
Part of the reason for his weekend decision was the staff in place at Rutgers. Ashenfelder said that his relationship with Schiano and offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarrocca played a role in his commitment.
“The culture. The culture at Rutgers is different. It really is a family. And the coaching staff and the connectivity of the people there,” Ashenfelder said.
“All the coaches and players seemed connected and part of the family and I want to be a part of that.”
His communication with the staff is constant, he said.
Saturday’s win over Virginia Tech was an opportunity for the junior to see the Rutgers offense up close and in person. He saw a unit that ran the ball effectively, controlled the line well and didn’t turn the ball over.
“I feel I fit into the offense with my athleticism and ability to make off-platform throws and stay accurate on the run,” Ashenfelder said.
“And my ability to run the football.”