Freshman defensive lineman Eric Waife originally committed to Rutgers in 2013, but spent the fall playing at Milford Academy. He helped the team to a 9-3 record and recorded 28 tackles, including five for a loss, three sacks and a defensive touchdown.
The 6’5”, 265-pounder played defensive tackle and tight end under Egg Harbor Township High School head coach Tony DeRosa. As a senior, he was a Press of Atlantic City all-star selection, recording 44 tackles and 2.5 sacks.
Current Rutgers defensive back Tejay Johnson and Waife were teammates at Egg Harbor Township.
He was ranked No. 20 in the state by SuperPrep Magazine, and is a three-star recruit according to multiple recruiting services.
The other four enrollees are also freshmen. They are: offensive lineman Marcus Applefield (Weeki Wachee, Fla.); tight end Logan Lister (Katy, Texas); defensive back Kam Lott (Jacksonville, Fla.); and linebacker Brandon Russell (Pembroke Pines, Fla.).
Bios for the other four enrollees, provided by the University, can be found below:
Weeki Wachee, Fla./Weeki Wachee
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolling early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Mark Lee at Weeki Wachee … first player from his high school to receive a Division I football scholarship offer … started every game and served as captain all four high school seasons … played in the 2013 Florida Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic in Sebring, Fla. … consensus three-star recruit … ranked No. 31 among offensive tackles nationally by Scout.com … known for good feet and athleticism on the offensive line … projected by recruiting analysts to play left tackle … gained approximately 20 pounds as a senior and is still filling into frame … named All-North Suncoast by the Tampa Bay Times in 2013 … a four-year honor roll student.
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolling early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Gary Joseph at Katy … played offensive tackle as a senior, but will play tight end at Rutgers … high school offense centered around the running attack … played a key part blocking up front to help team go 15-1 as a senior and advanced to the UIL 5A D2 state championship game at AT&T Cowboys Stadium … team scored at least 51 points in five playoff victories … Tigers ranked as high as No. 4 in the USA Today Sports Super 25 … participated in the Semper Fi All-American Bowl as a tight end following senior season in Carson, Calif. … game recognizes academic, leadership and athletic excellence … part of National Sports News Service 2012 national championship team after going 16-0 as a junior … won the UIL 5A D2 state championship game that season … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services.
Jacksonville, Fla./First Coast
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolling early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Marty Lee at First Coast … played mostly at cornerback, but also saw time at safety … team went 11-2 as a senior to win district title … Jacksonville Times Union All-First Coast selection … 41 total tackles and three interceptions as a senior … also a factor on special teams … collected 20 tackles and five interceptions as a junior, helping team to a 10-1 record … earned Times Union All-First Coast accolades as a junior … father, Reginald Lott, played cornerback for Middle Tennessee State … a three-star recruit by multiple recruiting services … one of three Jacksonville-area natives on the roster.
Pembroke Pines, Fla./University
Prior to Rutgers: Enrolling early and will participate in spring practice … coached by Roger Harriott at University … FHSAA Class 4A First Team All-State selection at linebacker … Sun-Sentinel All-Broward County selection on defense … finished senior season with 84 tackles, 12 sacks, three forced fumbles, one fumble recovery and one interception … played first three seasons of high school football at Flanagan before transferring for senior season … helped team to a 10-3 record … led team to an appearance in the FHSAA 4A regional championship game … rated the No. 35 player in Broward County by the Sun-Sentinel … known for physicality and athleticism at the linebacker position … maintained over a 4.0 GPA in high school with an AP course load … of Bahamian descent … uncle attended Rutgers in the 1980s … a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.