Ryan Dunleavy | NJ Advance Media for NJ.com
Piscataway native, Eagles star Malcolm Jenkins made a $250G donation to his alma mater — Ohio State, not Rutgers
COLUMBUS, Ohio — Standing at midfield Saturday during a timeout from the Rutgers-Ohio State game, Piscataway native Malcolm Jenkins soaked in the applause for donating $250,000 back to his alma mater.
The catch — as it long has been for Rutgers — is that Jenkins went to Ohio State.
“Rutgers football was in our backyard,” Jenkins said, “and my decision when I came out of high school was down to Rutgers and Ohio State — and I made the right decision.”
Jenkins, a star defensive back for the undefeated Philadelphia Eagles, admitted it was strange to see Rutgers playing on a Big Ten field. The Scarlet Knights were in the Big East when he came out of high school.
Would the Big Ten have made a difference in his recruitment?
“No, Rutgers never had a quarterback,” Jenkins said. “My senior year the players that were in New Jersey at the time, they could never keep the kids in state.
“We had Dwayne Jarrett, Kyle Wilson, Anthony Davis, myself, the McCourty twins, Shonn Greene, B.J. Raji, Brian Cushing, Knowshon Moreno — 90 percent of those guys got out of state. That would’ve been a hell of a team.”
When pointed out that former Rutgers coach Greg Schiano is now at Ohio State, Jenkins, whose college career overlapped with two of the best statistical quarterbacks in Rutgers history (Ryan Hart, Mike Teel), quipped, “Now he finally made the right decision as well.”
Jenkins, 28, donated $250,000 to a new Ohio State athletics department initiative that he helped create. The Complete Athlete Program is designed to “support a new innovative life skills curriculum for current and former Ohio State student athletes.”
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