Rutgers adds depth with promises from local heritage and “Lockdown DB” Joey Lis

Rutgers DB space got even deeper with the addition of this legacy and ex-navy commit.

Ramsey (NJ) Sr joey lis committed to Gregor Schiano in his office on Monday after attending Rutgers, 55-10, loss to Penn State on Saturday. Lis, a versatile 6-0, 170-pound DB, was named DB MVP at the ESPN 300 camp in Hackensack in April.

“Joey Lis is the real deal. He’s a shutdown/lockdown DB. He came to the table today with no offers and won my DB group’s MVP at the UC Elite Underclassman Camp in New Jersey! I really need the power five schools to check out this excellent DB. He’s got great length and GPAs, plus he’s a highly trainable young man,” said Donald Cox, who works with Under Armor All-America Camp and personally coached Lis and some of the game’s top DBs, including Deion Sanders .

Lis received an offer from the Naval Academy in June, which he would eventually accept, but soon after decided to pursue a more traditional college experience.

Now, Lis will be the preferred walk-on to Rutgers, where his parents and his high school recruiting coordinator and director of football operations, Preston Lawyer, attended school before him. The senior’s mother played in Rutger’s marching band, making his choice all the more nostalgic.

“I can not describe how proud and excited I am today,” said lawyer on Monday. “It was my dream to send a child to my alma mater!”

Lis arrived at Rutgers at 10am on Monday and was treated on the red carpet, leading to a meeting between Lis, Greg Schiano and Li’s parents at Schiano’s office. Lis got involved during the scrum and became a Scarlet Knight before heading to Rutgers’ studio, where he snapped photos wearing a flashy Rutgers helmet and a uniform with his name and number on it, which he was already the right size for.

“After an amazing day at Rutgers and meeting Greg Schiano, I am delighted to say that I am committed to Rutgers’ Class of 2023,” Lis announced via Twitter on Monday. “I’m grateful for this opportunity and the help and trust of coaches Nunzio Campanile, Mark Orphey, Matt Walp and the rest of the Rutgers staff.”

Lis, who also plays running back, has favored walk-on offers from Rutgers and Syracuse, as well as offers from Navy and various FCS schools. Rutgers’ 2023 recruiting class ranks 55th in the country and 58th by, according to 247Sports.

Ramsey went 7-3 this fall, losing 42-7 en route to Caldwell in the semifinals of the NJSIAA North Jersey Section 2 Group 2 Playoffs.


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Todderick Hunt can be reached at [email protected].