PISCATAWAY, N.J. (January 14, 2014) – Rutgers junior offensive lineman Kaleb Johnson (Jacksonville, Fla.) has decided to return to Rutgers for his senior season. Johnson, who considered leaving a year early to enter the NFL, will return to Piscataway to help anchor Rutgers’ offensive line in the Big Ten in 2014.
“After speaking to my family and Coach Flood, it was in my best interest to return to Rutgers for my senior season,” said Johnson. “Academically, I will be in position to graduate next spring, which was an important goal when I committed to play at Rutgers. When reviewing all the options to stay or head to the NFL, my heart was to finish what I started with my family here at Rutgers.”
Johnson has started 37 consecutive games, the most of any player on the roster. The Jacksonville native has played in 37 straight games during his career in Piscataway.
“Kaleb has a bright future at the next level, but we are excited that he has decided to return to Rutgers for his senior year,” said Rutgers head football coach Kyle Flood. “I know earning his degree from an outstanding academic institution like Rutgers was very important to Kaleb and his family, and he will be in excellent position to do so next spring.”
Johnson and the Scarlet Knights open the 2014 season Thursday, Aug. 28 in Seattle against Washington State. Rutgers begins its inaugural season in the Big Ten Saturday, Sept. 13 at High Point Solutions Stadium against Penn State.