On the Recruiting Trail

 After talking to 30 or 40 players so far this year, here are my early impressions.

Looking at Rutgers and Schiano

New coaches usually get a free ride for a couple of seasons before potential recruits start looking for results. Schiano is getting close to the wall in those regards. While many athletes like the caliber of player that Schiano has brought in and see good things for Rutgers in the future, many others want to see improvement before they'll considered committing to the "Banks." This will probably be the last season that Schiano will be able to recruit based on his vision of the future Scarlet Knights.

Outworking Virginia

Last year the Virginia Cavaliers outworked everyone in New Jersey including Rutgers. I don't know how the Cavs did it, but they must have spent the preceding winter doing nothing but making up brochures concerning everything imaginable about the University of Virginia. Then they spent the spring mailing out bundle after bundle of mail to recruits up and down the east coast. Potential signees used to get three packages of mail a day from the Cavs. That interest level impressed a lot of players.

Move over Al Groh. This season's recruits are telling me that Rutgers is outworking everyone. "I get so much mail from Rutgers, it is unreal", one player told me. Schiano reportedly vowed to not to be outworked by anyone on his home turf, so far he hasn't been.

Linemen, Linemen everywhere

There are a lot of good linemen in the state this year. Carl Howard, Kenny Love, Carlos Feliciano, Phil Trautwein, Chris George, Jermaine Thomas, Chuck Taylor and Jeremy Zuttah are just a few. However, the most interesting story may be at Plainfield which sports three Division 1A prospects in Rob Crudup (OL), Steve Council (OL) and Dan Davis (DL). What makes this story especially interesting is the presence of super sophomore Eugene Monroe. Eugene, an honor student, is already 6-6 and 330. He can bench 350 and squat 500. The folks at Plainfield believe his potential is unlimited. Some smart coach is going to look at Crudup, Council and Davis and offer a package deal; hoping to top it off with Monroe the following year. Let's hope Schiano is listening.

Long hard looks at the Knights

It is awfully early to worry about who might commit and who might not but a couple of Jersey kids really like the Knights. Wide receiver Anthony Miller wants to stay close to home and really likes what he sees at Rutgers. The word is, he just might pull the trigger early. Ditto with linebacker Mike Ziarnowski out of Immaculata High. Mike told me that Rutgers had everything he wants in a school and a coaching staff he could see himself playing for.

Both players have been offered by the Knights.


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