Rutgers Big Board: Nos. 6-10

Rutgers has eight commitments in the 2015 class, and takes a look at where the Scarlet Knights sit with some of our own Top 10 realistic targets.

Rutgers has eight commits in the 2015 class and are actively recruiting dozens upon dozens of other prospects.

June is often a busy month for commitments – the Scarlet Knights signed 15 players in the last two classes who committed in June – and also helps shape a class.

So, in the first of this two-part series looking at the Top 10 prospects on Rutgers' board, takes a look at where the Scarlet Knights stand with Nos. 6-10:

10. Marques Ford, DE, 6-4, 220, Gibsonton (Fla.) East Bay

Schools in contention: Clemson, Duke, Miami, Nebraska, Rutgers, Tennessee, UCF and Virginia Tech

Skinny: Ford recently released his top eight, and the Scarlet Knights made the cut. One thing working in their favor is defensive line coach Jim Panagos has a strong relationship within the school and is well liked by the staff. Ford made a visit to campus in the spring, and a return trip is in the works. One issue with Ford is getting him to Rutgers means he has to pass by other finalists Clemson, Tennessee and Virginia Tech to get to campus, and in-state Miami is also a threat.

9. Alex Hornibrook, QB, 6-4, 205, Malvern (Pa.) Prep

Schools in contention: Rutgers, Connecticut, Akron, Yale, Virginia Tech and others

Skinny: A month ago, Rutgers was toying with the idea of taking a second quarterback in the class, but the legal troubles of subsequent banishment of Minnesota transfer Philip Nelson made it so Rutgers needs to take a second quarterback to accompany long-committed Elmwood Park (N.J.) High's Michael Dare. The Scarlet Knights will have three quarterbacks – Mike Bimonte, Chris Laviano and Giovanni Rescigno -- on scholarship next spring.

8. Sam Madden, OT, 6-7, 325, Barnegat (N.J.) High

Schools in contention: Rutgers, Florida State, Wisconsin, Florida, Syracuse and others

Skinny: Rutgers recently increased its recruitment of Madden, whose recruitment experienced ebbs and flows with interest from many schools. He made a spring visit to campus, and is looking at a return trip in June. A commitment from Madden would be big since it would give the Scarlet Knights some in-state momentum. He would also be the most heavily-recruited player to pledge the to the Scarlet Knights in the class.

7. Shareef Miller, DE, 6-4, 220, Philadelphia George Washington

Schools in contention: Oregon, Arizona State, Penn State, Michigan State, Rutgers, West Virginia, Pittsburg and Connecticut

Skinny: Miller recently named a top five of Oregon, Arizona State, Penn State, Michigan State and Rutgers, and he will try to visit many of them this summer. Rutgers found him at the Big Man Academy last year, and since then his recruitment exploded. There is a strong connection between Miller and Arizona State (friends play there and the Sun Devils are recruiting Philadelphia hard) and a trip to Oregon is in his plans. Working in Rutgers' favor is Miller may opt to stay close to home because of family, and he wants to wait until after his senior season to decide, which means slots could fill up at other schools.

6. Jon Bateky, DE, 6-3, 220, Poolesville (Md.) High

Schools in contention: Rutgers, West Virginia and Boston College

Skinny: Bateky isn't calling his list a final three, but for all intent and purpose, it is a final three. He is slated to visit Boston College, West Virginia and Rutgers in June, and in that order, and then announce a decision. The Scarlet Knights already hosted Bateky once, and they have him high on their defensive end board. If Maryland or Duke became involved, both would turn into legitimate destinations, but both programs are yet to offer. Rutgers will have a chance to slam the door shut on other schools when Bateky visits at the end of the month, and it would give the Scarlet Knights one of their top prospects on their defensive end board.

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