The Week That Was

Justin Nelson

ScarletReport.com's "The Week That Was" feature is designed to give ScarletReport.com readers a quick-read format to catch up on the major happenings from the last seven days. This is installment features the second commitment in the class of 2014.

In an effort to make the site even more user-friendly, ScarletReport.com provides a week in review. So much happens here in a week's time, it's possible to miss some of the happenings and news. To make it easier, each Monday "The Week That Was" will be posted to give an update on what transpired. All stories from ScarletReport.com can be accessed through the message boards.

On the Gridiron

Turning the calendars to March, Rutgers is now three weeks from the start of its spring practice campaign. Rutgers will have 15 practices through March and April, highlighted by the annual spring game scrimmage April 27.

In Recruiting

DePaul (Wayne, N.J.) defensive end Justin Nelson verbally committed to Rutgers. Nelson is the second commit in the class of 2014 and first from New Jersey.

After committing, Nelson told ScarletReport.com, "It's as simple as this, if we all stay home in New Jersey, we're going to bring a national championship one day."

Oakmont (Roseville, Calif.) cornerback Justin Hyde verbally committed to Rutgers as a class of 2013 preferred walk-on. Hyde, originally from Brooklyn, said proximity to family and education were his primary reasons for choosing Rutgers.

Rutgers continues to be busy in recruiting the class of 2014 with another series of verbal offers going out. Tampa Bay Technical (Fla.) cornerback Tajee Fullwood, Middletown (Md.) tight end Ricky Leonard, Weequahic High (N.J.) linebacker Sidney Gopre and Blackhawk (Beaver Falls, Pa.) quarterback Chandler Kincade are some of the latest to receive offers.

On the Hardwood

Rutgers basketball continued its losing streak with a 64-51 loss to Georgetown Saturday at the Verizon Center. Surrendering 28 points to star Otto Porter, the Scarlet Knights now have a four-game losing streak heading into tomorrow's matchup.

The "Catholic Seven" programs reached an agreement to separate from the current Big East at the end of the academic year and will take the Big East name with it to a new conference, making tomorrow night the last Big East game in the history of the Louis Brown Athletic Center.

Rutgers honors seniors Austin Johnson and Dane Miller tomorrow night before tipping off against Marquette in the home finale.

Sophomore guard Elijah Carter had successful surgery following a fractured right fibula, said head coach Mike Rice. Carter, initially expected to not need surgery, remains on pace for a June return to the court.

On the women's side, Hall of Fame head coach C. Vivian Stringer picked up her elusive 900th win Tuesday against South Florida. Ending a four-game losing streak, Stringer becomes the fourth coach in women's basketball history to reach 900 wins and the first African American.

Rutgers followed up the USF win, however, with a 56-48 road loss to Cincinnati. The Scarlet Knights (15-13, 6-9) end their regular season tonight against Pittsburgh at the RAC.

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