Countdown to Signing Day: The Skinny

There are always signing day announcements, and Rutgers remains in the mix for a handful of players who make their decisions known Wednesday. However, the crux of Rutgers' 2011 recruiting class is already known, and ScarletReport.com is takes a look at each of the 21 members already expected to sign (or already enrolled) with the Scarlet Knights.

Signing day is getting close, and Rutgers' 2011 recruiting class, as it stands, has 21 members in it. Five already entered school in January, and 16 have already pledged and are set to sign binding national letter's of intent Wednesday.

There is always some excitement with signing day decisions, but here are the known recruits expected to sign with Rutgers.

Ready to Sign

Mike Bimonte, QB, 6-3, 215, Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J)
The Skinny:
Late-comer after growing two inches prior to his senior season. Has a strong arm but needs to develop his mechanics more. Displays nice touch at times, and will work very hard.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 50 percent

Paul Canevari, RB, 5-10, 212, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J)
The Skinny:
He doesn't have the elite measureables of other players, but he is a hard-nosed north-south runner who brings plenty of toughness to the position. If running back doesn't work out, fullback is an option.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 10 percent

Charles Davis, CB, 6-0, 187, Neptune (N.J) High
The Skinny:
Versatile enough to play running back or safety, he will start his Rutgers career as a cornerback. He possesses size and speed, but was under-recruited because other schools always believed he would head to Rutgers. Should be able to contribute on special teams immediately.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 80 percent

Quentin Gause, LB, 6-2, 220, Bishop Kearney High (Rochester, N.Y.)
The Skinny:
Has the size to play middle linebacker and is already physically put together. Lack of talent on his team and lack of talent in his area make him a tough read, but has tremendous work ethic and approach.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 15 percent

Kyle George, DE, 6-3, 235, Willingboro (N.J) High
The Skinny:
Has athleticism and moves well, and could develop into a tight end. He will play the 'R' position and drop into coverage.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 20 percent

Savon Huggins, RB, 6-0, 197, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
The Skinny:
Expectations will be through the roof for the highest-profile recruit Rutgers has landed. He will compete for the starting running back spot immediately and has the ability to be a workhorse.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 100 percent

Max Issaka, DE, 6-2, 242, Woodbridge (N.J) High
The Skinny:
High-caliber athlete who needs to have a more consistent motor. He doesn't have the ideal size to rush off the edge, but his athleticism makes up for that. He can also drop into coverage.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 25 percent

Myles Jackson, DE, 6-3, 220, Henderson High (Westchester, Pa.)
The Skinny:
Very good athlete is still learning the position after making the move from outside linebacker to the line of scrimmage. Explosive first step and very good top end speed, but needs to spent time developing his technique.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 10 percent

Tejay Johnson, WR, 6-0, 170, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
The Skinny:
Will be his second straight year signing a letter after not gaining eligibility last year. New Jersey's 100 meter champ as a junior, and his size and speed can be electric down the field …if he gets eligible.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 50 percent

Tyler Kroft, WR, 6-3, 220, Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.)
The Skinny:
Playing lacrosse in the spring will keep his weight down, but he is a strong pass catcher and is improving as a blocker. How quick he can put on weight and learn to block will determine how quickly he plays.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 30 percent

Keith Lumpkin, OT, 6-8, 275, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J)
The Skinny:
Progressed markedly as a senior. A tremendous athlete who also excels on the basketball court, the expectation is for him to develop into a three- or four-year starter at left tackle.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 5 percent

Ben Martin, RB, 5-10, 190, Absegami High (Absecon, N.J)
The Skinny:
Injured much of his senior season but has tremendous straight ahead speed. Clocked in at 4.39 during Rutgers camp, but his ability to make people miss is a question.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 50 percent

Gary Nova, QB, 6-2, 210, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J)
The Skinny:
He is unflappable in the pocket, has a strong arm and finished his high school career undefeated in two seasons as a starter. He understands offenses and is quick to grasp things and could push for playing time as a freshman.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 80 percent

Al Page, DT, 6-3, 295, Christopher Columbus High (Bronx, N.Y,)
The Skinny:
Strong and violent, but needs to develop his technique. He can be a tremendous nose guard if he learns leverage because of his strength and feet.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 20 percent

Miles Shuler, WR, 5-10, 170, Long Branch (N.J) High
The Skinny:

Played QB, CB and S in high school, but will enter Rutgers as a receiver. State's fastest player (10.39 in the 100 meters) could make an impact immediately because of his speed, athleticism and competitive drive.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 95 percent

Kevin Snyder, LB, 6-2, 210, Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.)
The Skinny:
Perhaps the most underrated player in the class. Tremendous athleticism and runs a sub 4.6 in the 40. Will play strong-side linebacker and brings speed and aggression, but needs to add size and strength.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 40 percent

Daryl Stephenson, DT, 6-3, 275, Sayreville High (Parlin, N.J)
The Skinny:
Powerful and explosive but inconsistent. When playing with a high energy, he can be disruptive as a 3-technique player. Tremendous athlete can dunk a basketball and also handled kickoffs for the Bombers.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 10 percent

Already Enrolled

Johnathan Aiken, CB, 5-10, 185, Dillard High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.)(
The Skinny:
Did not play in 2010, but can be a key contributor for the 2011 season. Physical at the line of scrimmage and a tremendous competitor to go with good speed gives him a chance to compete for time immediately.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 90 percent

Anthony DiPaula, P, 6-0, 170, St. John Vianney High (Holmdel, N.J.)
The Skinny:
Will contend for the punting job immediately, but is actually considered a better placekicker. Consistency is his key, and he needs to develop it, but he has a strong leg.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 80 percent

Dallas Hendrikson, C, 6-1, 290, Iowa Western CC (Council Bluffs, Iowa)
The Skinny:
The top target among JUCO centers brings a tremendous work ethic, toughness, smarts and an explosion in his blocking.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 100 percent

Kenneth Kirksey, DT, 6-3, 290, Fork Union (Va.) Military Academy
The Skinny:
Spend the fall as a post-graduate, but can be the most explosive defensive member of the glass. Has a quick first step, athletic and powerful and can be a game-changer immediately from the 3-technique spot.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 100 percent

Djwany Mera, DE, 6-3, 265, Hargrave Military Academy (Chatham, Va.)
The Skinny:
Post-graduate semester served him well as he added 35 pounds and refined his pass rushing technique. Moves up the field well and covers a lot of ground with his first two steps. Nose for the ball, and could move inside if his body continues to develop.
Chance of Playing in 2011: 75 percent


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