Stock Report: Rutgers' Offensive Targets

The recruiting period is about to slow down with dead and quiet periods beginning Sunday, so decided the opportunity was perfect to unveil its first "Stock Report" as the 2011 hits the home stretch. The first installment involves the Scarlet Knights' primary targets. will be issuing a stock report on a need-to-update basis on the offensive and defensive recruits Rutgers is targeting for the 2011 class.

The first installment is for the offensive targets remaining high on Rutgers' board:

Player: Savon Huggins
School: St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.
Position:Running back
Schools: Rutgers, North Carolina, Notre Dame, Auburn, USC
Decision timeline: Signing day
Stock report: Rutgers has been in the running since his freshman year, and the relationship with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano is playing a big role in Rutgers staying in the mix after a 4-8 season in which the offensive line play was poor.
He already visited Notre Dame and North Carolina, and both are formidable players in the recruitment. Auburn, where he is visiting this weekend, and USC are latecomers, so will have to make up a lot of ground.
Schiano's ability to convince Huggins the offensive line will be good, beginning next season, could go long way with Rutgers' ability.
This is a high-profile recruitment that will still take many turns, but it bodes well for Rutgers that Huggins' official visit (Jan. 21-23) will come toward the end of his recruitment.
Rutgers' chances: Solid, and holding steady

Player: Tanner McEvoy
School: Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.)
Position: Quarterback
Schools: Rutgers, North Carolina, South Carolina, Michigan
Decision timeline: Late January
Stock report: McEvoy is an interesting prospect because schools are uncertain which position he will play. He spent a year at quarterback and the four schools remaining each told him he can play there, but he told last week he would chance to receiver if quarterback didn't work out.
McEvoy was set to visit South Carolina last weekend and scheduled to be in Michigan this weekend, North Carolina the first weekend of January and at Rutgers during the Jersey-heavy weekend of Jan. 21-23.
He is a hard one to read, and for a long time seemed to be a player who wanted to head south for college. Rutgers hanging around this long is a positive, especially since he knows the program well since his brother was a four-year walk-on.
McEvoy has always played it close to the vest, and that continues to be the case.
Rutgers' chances: It will be a mild surprise if he chooses the Scarlet Knights.

Player: Miles Shuler
School: Long Branch (N.J.)
Position: Athlete
Schools: Rutgers, Northwestern, Notre Dame
Decision timeline: Uncertain
Stock report: Above everything, Shuler's desire to mix a strong academic school with football was brought to light in this recruitment. He visited Northwestern and Stanford (which he eliminated last week), and is set to visit Rutgers the weekend of Jan. 21-23. Notre Dame could also land a visit from the fastest player in New Jersey.
Shuler's knowledge of the Rutgers program surpasses that of others because of his proximity, which allowed him to see the campus and build a strong relationship with the coaching staff, particularly receivers coach P.J. Fleck.
The wildcard in this recruitment continues to be his position of choice in college. Shuler played quarterback and safety his senior season, but is projected as a receiver or cornerback in college. Most schools are talking to him about receiver, but he is intrigued by the cornerback position.
Rutgers' chances: Rutgers has a better-than-average chance to land Shuler.

Player: Andre Davis
School: Jefferson (Tampa)
Position: Receiver
Schools: South Florida, Rutgers, Arkansas, Texas Tech
Decision timeline: Late January/Signing day
Stock report: The Dragons play for the state title Friday afternoon, and then Davis may get more serious about his recruitment and official visits. He is yet to make one, and hasn't even set anything up. With four recruiting weekends available after the new year, he could be very busy in January.
He continues to say Rutgers will get a visit, but because of classes not starting until mid-January, Rutgers only has two recruiting weekends left, so he may come Jan. 28-30.
His seems to favor schools that spread defenses out and throw the ball, but former teammate and friend, Fred Overstreet, is a freshman linebacker at Rutgers and constantly talking about the school.
Rutgers' chances: Would be a surprise for Rutgers to get Davis

Player: Shilique Calhoun
School: Middletown (N.J.) North
Position: Tight end
Schools: Rutgers, West Virginia, Michigan State, Pittsburgh, Syracuse
Decision timeline: Before Jan. 1
Stock report: Calhoun's first love is basketball, but he is getting much more interest on the football side. He is extremely athletic, but would need to add about 20 pounds to play tight end or defensive end in college.
He already tripped to West Virginia, Michigan State and Rutgers, but his recruitment with Pittsburgh is in flux because of the coaching change. Staying close to home would benefit Rutgers, but with Tyler Kroft coming, Rutgers already has one tight end in the mix.
Calhoun said he wanted to make a decision before the new year, but that could change if schools cool on him or others ratchet up their interest.
Rutgers' chances: Rutgers looks good if it presses him

Player: Jack Tabb
School: Red Bank (N.J.) Catholic
Position: Tight end
Schools: Arkansas, Florida, Wisconsin, Michigan, North Carolina, Rutgers
Decision timeline: Uncertain
Stock report: He already visited Iowa (crossed of his list), Arkansas, Michigan and North Carolina, and is trying to decide on his last visit. Wisconsin, Rutgers and Florida are all in contention.
Tabb is a tremendous athlete who can catch the ball, but isn't the most physical of blockers.
Rutgers was his first offer, and there has always been a undercurrent in recruiting circles the Scarlet Knights weren't a serious contender, but he always quickly dispelled that talk.
However, the Scarlet Knights are battling for a fifth visit, which means there is uncertainty if he even wants to make a trip. Getting him to Rutgers for a weekend is the first step.
Rutgers' chances: Not looking good for Rutgers

Player: Kaleb Johnson
School: Edward H. White (Jacksonville)
Position: Offensive lineman
Schools: Rutgers, North Carolina, Louisville
Decision timeline: Signing day
Stock report: Johnson returned from his official visit to Rutgers last weekend viewing things in a much different way. He knows he can compete quickly for a starting spot, and the Scarlet Knights made him feel like he was a key piece of the class (which he is).
He already visited North Carolina and had a mid-January trip to Louisville scheduled.
Working in the Scarlet Knights' favor is a strong relationship with Edward H. White coach Terry Gilliam, but the Casey Turner factor must be considered. Turner, a friend and Johnson's former high school teammate, could be transferring from Rutgers, and while that would not be a deal breaker, it also would not be as helpful if Turner remained.
Rutgers' chances: Cautious optimism

Player: Josue Matias
School: Union (N.J.)
Position: Offensive line
Schools: North Carolina, Rutgers, Wisconsin, South Carolina, Florida State, Miami
Decision timeline: Late January
Stock report: Matias is making the rounds on the official visit circuit, and the one constant is that North Carolina is on the top of his list. His coach at Union is Wilbur Valdez, who played for Schiano at Miami, but also played for UNC coach Butch Davis.
Matias is a tremendous talent, but missed his senior season with a knee injury. He was a frequent visitor to the Rutgers campus in the offseason, and it bode well when he showed up for the season finale against Louisville.
Working in Rutgers' favor is the proximity of his home to the campus, and also his former offensive line coach (Joe Rotundi, now at St. Peter's Prep) is still involved in the process and has a strong relationship with Rutgers.
Matias is scheduled to visit during the Jersey weekend of Jan. 21-23, and that could determine if the Scarlet Knights are in his future.
Rutgers' chances: Up-and-down

Player: Rashad Hill
School: Edward H. White
Position: Offensive line
Schools: Rutgers, Louisville, Southern Miss, Louisiana Tech, Pittsburgh
Decision timeline: Late January
Stock report: Hill has played one year of high school football, and was discovered by Rutgers while scouting Johnson. Hill is athletic, but also raw.
He had a great time on his visit last weekend, and was excited about the Scarlet Knights, the facilities and connected with the coaching staff.
Rutgers' chances: If Rutgers offers, chances are very good

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