ScarletReport.com begins a unique series as it goes position-by-position in breaking down the offers extended in the 2015 class, and gives insight the latest developments with each player. It begins with the receivers.
ScarletReport.com begins a new series breaking down the "realistic" targets in each position group of the 2015 class. The feature starts with a look at the receivers currently on Rutgers
Patrick Anderson, Aliquippa (Pa.) High, 6'3, 190
Going to western Pennsylvania and landing a big-time prospect isn't an easy proposition, but at least the Scarlet Knights have an in. Rutgers defensive coordinator Joe Rossi coached the father or 2014 stud cornerback Dravon Henry
of Aliquippa in college, and the two remain in contact. And it just so happens Roland Henry is the point man for many Aliquippa prospects.
Jalen Christian, Damascus (Md.) High, 5-10, 165
It was a surprise to see Christian list the Scarlet Knights in his Top 11 since he hasn't talked about visiting campus and Rutgers changed recruiters in Maryland
, and it remains tough sledding for the Scarlet Knights to get him. The other 10 schools on his list were Duke
, Maryland, Nebraska
, Ohio State
, South Carolina
and West Virginia
Irvin Charles, Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI, 6-4, 210
Charles visited Rutgers on March 8 and connected well with the coaching staff. He remains completely open in his recruitment, but he likes the proximity of campus the fact big receivers do well in Rutgers' offense. He has an eclectic mix of offers, and it could come down to how dogged the Scarlet Knights are in recruiting him.
Najee Clayton, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic, 6-2, 2230
Clayton is approaching double digit offers, and until a recent visit to Rutgers, it didn't seem like the Scarlet Knights were players. However, he had a very good time and is trying to set up a return visit to campus, and that would be a big step for Rutgers.
Jabari Greenwood, Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga, 6-3, 190
Greenwood is paying a lot of attention to ACC schools, but the Scarlet Knights do have an in a his school. The team is coached by former Rutgers linebacker Aaron Brady. Greenwood is long and does a good job using his size to shield defenders, but Rutgers needs to get him on campus soon or risk falling too far behind.
Hergy Mayala, Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School, 6-2, 190
Mayala, who is from Montreal, picked up an offer during a March 8 visit to campus and liked what he saw. Mayala is big on academics, so he wants to get back to campus to learn more about that side of the school. The spring will be big for Rutgers and Mayala. He should be able to make a return trip for a practice, but getting his family in town for it is important. He also could see his recruitment take off during the spring evaluation period, so Rutgers needs to keep building its relationship with him.
Freddie Simmons, Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic, 6-3, 175
If there is a candidate for a spring commitment of the offered group, it is Simmons. He was offered during a March 1 visit to campus and had a tremendous time there. He is scheduling a visit to campus for spring practice and to get another look at the program. Playing in the Big Ten is appealing to Simmons.
Glassboro (N.J.) High receiver Juwan Johnson
committed to Penn State
on Sunday. Union City (N.J) High's Daiquan Kelly
projects as a safety.