Profile: Rachad Wildgoose Jr.
High School: Miami Northwestern
Recruiting: Wildgoose's only offer was from Rutgers, and he committed during an unofficial visit to campus Saturday.
Scouting Report: Wildgoose was recruited to Rutgers to play safety, and it makes sense because it fits his skill set well. He is more strong safety (run stopper first) than free safety.
There are times he lines up at cornerback and jams the receiver, and his physical style is on display there and in other spots. He is quick with his hands, and he does a good job of re-routing the receiver.
He needs to add some hip flexibility so it is easier for him to turn and run with a receiver when in man coverage. Becoming better at it will make him more versatile in defensive packages.
In the running game, Wildgoose is effective. He is quick to accelerate downhill, find the ball carrier and make a tackle. He gets off blocks well and reads the play, but there are times he leans forward too much and gets off balance. In high school, he still makes the tackle, but against Big Ten talent, it may be a different result.
Wildgoose is physical in the running game, especially between the tackles in run support. He is also comfortable blitzing off the edge.
Adding strength and improving his speed are key areas of development for Wildgoose, and when his strength improves, his speed should as well.
Final Analysis: Wildgoose needs to get stronger, and with maturity and more lower body strength, his acceleration and top-end speed will increase. As Rutgers continues to rebuild a secondary, Wildgoose could be a wild card since he has a lot of room to develop.