QB Ray to Walk on at Rutgers

QB Ray to Walk on at Rutgers

Rutgers received a walk-on commitment tonight from Bernards (Bernardsville, N.J.) quarterback Devin Ray. Ray was previously committed to Rhode Island on scholarship but flipped to the Scarlet Knights following an official visit.

Bernards (Bernardsville, N.J.) quarterback Devin Ray faced a tough decision in the final 24 hours before Signing Day, but he knows he made the right one.

Committed to Rhode Island on scholarship, Ray has decided to stay in-state and walk on at Rutgers.

"I'm excited that it's close to my house, number one," Ray said on why he is now committed to Rutgers. "They run a pro-style offense. I really like the coaches, especially [quarterback coach Rob Spence]."

Ray spent his final weekend before Signing Day on an official visit to Rutgers. Hosted by walk-on linebacker Nick DePaola, Ray said his visit sold him on becoming a Scarlet Knight.

"I was always involved with Rutgers going to their camps and going to games, but [my visit] was good for seeing the inside of the program," Ray said. "It seems like a really good fit for me and I like the atmosphere."

Ray is a 6-foot-3 quarterback that comes from a spread offense at Bernards. Ray led his team to a 9-2 record as a senior, losing to Rutgers commit Justin Goodwin and Madison in the playoffs.

Ray threw for 2,078 yards, 20 touchdowns and just two interceptions as a senior and added another 448 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. He was the Maxwell State Player of the Year as a senior.

"Devin is an extremely, extremely talented quarterback," said Bernards head coach Jon Simoneau. "We are still somewhat of an up-and-coming program and I think that kept some schools from noticing him right away. If this were one or two years from now, he'd have offers from everywhere. … He has a great arm, but he can really do it with his feet and that makes him special."

Moving to the pro-style offense from a spread, Ray is aware of the challenge he faces as Rutgers begins its transition to the Big Ten. But familiar with walk-on stories like Michael Burton, Shaun O'Hara and Gary Brackett, Ray is coming to compete.

"I definitely look forward to the competition," Ray said. "I feel like I can play at that level and I have to work hard to continue my dream and to make sure I can keep on progressing."

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