Recruiting Reset: Offense

Rutgers' 2011 class is filling up quickly, but the Scarlet Knights continue to recruit a number of players hard. Sorting through all the names can sometimes be a mind-numbing endeavor, so is breaking down to a simplistic format. There is also an added twist of how Rutgers is looking with each player.

There are still plenty of names on Rutgers' recruiting board, but it doesn't appear to be a year in which the Scarlet Knights are in position to bring in 22 to 25 players in the class.

Kenneth Kirksey
Rutgers already has 13 non-binding oral commitments from high school seniors, and class of 2010 non-qualifiers Kenneth Kirksey, Djwany Mera and Tejay Johnson each said they were still committed to the Scarlet Knights.

Keep in mind the recruiting world changes quickly, and Rutgers is always evaluating new players and some remain under the radar and turn up unexpectedly.

However, with a strong jump on 2011 recruiting in which Rutgers identified players quickly and were able to sell its vision, it leaves only about a dozen uncommitted players on each side of the ball which Rutgers is recruiting hard.

So, in talking to various sources in the high school ranks and getting input from recruits, will provide the skinny on what is going on with Rutgers' top targets.

RB Savon Huggins, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) -- Huggins' top five schools included a surprise in Pittsburgh, but his numerous visits to Rutgers (he played in a scrimmage and then went to watch the Scarlet Knights in the second half against Norfolk State) tells a very distinct story.
And for those who think Rutgers' game with North Carolina will have an impact on recruiting, keep in mind Huggins' top five also includes the Tar Heels, Florida and Notre Dame.

ATH Miles Shuler, Long Branch (N.J.) High -- His dynamic moves and speed were on display Friday at Ocean with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano in attendance, and he added an exclamation mark to a TD run by doing the "Chop" to Schiano and receivers coach P.J. Fleck.
The recruiting world believes Rutgers is the leader, there could be a long way to go since Shuler is yet to trim his list past his 10 finalists.

Tanner McEvoy
QB Tanner McEvoy, Bergen Catholic High (Oradell, N.J.) -- McEvoy is being quiet when it comes to his recruitment, but one thing is for sure – schools that covet his athleticism will offer him as a quarterback and see how it turns out.
The Scarlet Knights are in a strange position in that they already have a quarterback committed (Mike Bimonte) and his brother, Colin McEvoy, is a walk-on with the Scarlet Knights. Tough to get a read on him, but Rutgers seems to have some ground to make up.

WR Andre Davis, Jefferson High (Tampa) -- If the Scarlet Knights could land Davis, it would be a huge coup. Helping the cause is Davis' former teammate and friend, Fred Overstreet, is a freshman linebacker at Rutgers.
Davis' top eight are Rutgers, South Florida, Florida State, Miami, West Virginia, Texas Tech, Cincinnati and Kansas, but odds are not in favor of Rutgers landing the four-star.

TE Jack Tabb, Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic High -- Rutgers was the first to offer Tabb, and he continues to talk to the coaching staff and show an interest in the Scarlet Knights, but he told on Friday he probably would take official visits to North Carolina, Michigan, Florida and Arkansas.
Although Tabb plays in Jersey, he is not a Jersey kid. His mother was in the military and is moving to the Washington, D.C., area, and he began his high school career in Indiana.

OL Josue Matias, Union (N.J.) City High -- Matias may be doe for the season after undergoing knee surgery, but his recruitment may not suffer …or matter. He has only been to Rutgers and Maryland, but he is planning a trip to Florida.
However, it may not matter. For months, has been hearing Matias is favoring Rutgers and may not want to leave the state. He is also set to decide sooner rather than later.

Kaleb Johnson
OL Kaleb Johnson, Edward H. White High (Jacksonville) -- A June trip to Rutgers and his friendship with Scarlet Knights running back Casey Turner gives Rutgers a chance in the battle …and a very good chance.
The Scarlet Knights also have a good relationship with Johnson's coach, but pulling him out of the area could be difficult.

OL Donovan Smith, Owings Mills (Md.) High -- Smith has local ties with family in South Jersey, but he doesn't seem to be too high on the Scarlet Knights despite keeping them in his top 12. He has been on campus and likes the staff, but right now Rutgers has a lot of work to do to land him.

TE Dan Foesel, Depaul High (Wayne, N.J.) -- With Tabb still on the board and no reason to think he will decide soon, Foesel is left to wait for a possible offer. He is being recruited strictly as an H-back, and is in his first year playing tight.
Foesel holds an offer from Central Florida, and was hoping to hear something from Rutgers at the start of the season. If the Scarlet Knights offer, they would have a legitimate shot at him. However, that offer may not come.

WR Aamad Bush, Montclair (N.J.) High -- Safety or receiver. He wants to play receiver, but that could change if he has a big year playing safety. Or, if he does well at receiver, he could earn a scholarship offer there as well.
Rutgers could get him with an offer if it happens quickly, but with other receivers and safeties on the board, it will be interesting to see how Rutgers handles this one.

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