Recruiting Reset: Offensive Line

The spring evaluation period is winding down and the camp circuit is about to hit overdrive. So between the two, thought it would be perfect time to begin its "Recruiting Reset" package. It begins with a look at the offensive line targets, including those with offers and others on Rutgers' radar.

Four-star offensive tackle J.J. Denman of Pennsbury High (Fairless Hills, Pa.) visited Rutgers on multiple occasions in the spring, and while the Scarlet Knights were not the front-runner to land him, his commitment to Penn State could have domino effect.

First and foremost, it will bring Boyertown (Pa.) Area High's Chris Muller into the limelight of northeast recruiting as he is one of the top targets of several major programs, including Rutgers, Penn State, Florida and Notre Dame.

Rutgers was the first to offer Muller, and it happened last summer. It gave the Scarlet Knights an early in, and they made a favorable impression as he made several visits to campus.

However, expect Denman to begin recruiting Muller for the Nittany Lions. And while Notre Dame could have a say in the matter, Penn State and Rutgers could be the ones battling at the end.

Aside from Muller, Rutgers is involved with eight other lineman holding offers, and two of the most notable names are New Jersey's Ryan Brodie of Long Branch High and Jim Cashman of Haddonfield High.

Rutgers was the first two offer Brodie, and it came in June, while Cashman was a late bloomer on the scene but saw his recruitment soar this spring. He is up to 20 offers, with all coming in the last three months.

Jones High's (Orlando) Duaron Williams said recently told Rutgers rated very high on his list, and Lancaster (Pa.) Catholic High's Adam DePietro's made a pair of visits to campus, but will have a lengthy summer tour before making a decision.

The Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) duo of Brandon Arcidacono and Frank Taylor are also strong on Rutgers' radar, with Taylor stating recently Rutgers was one of his top schools.

Before Rutgers moves any further with Josh Stepoli of Monessen (Pa.) High, his eligibility issue after transferring schools need to be finalized, and Greg Pyke of Boys' Latin School (Baltimore) has been a hot-and-cold prospect for the Scarlet Knights.

Beyond the offered players, Rutgers is taking a look at a number of other prospects, with each likely having to prove themselves during a camp visit next month, if they so chose to camp at Rutgers.

In that group of players is Michael Boland of Georgetown Prep (North Bethesda, Md.), Jon Green of North Schuykill High (Ashland, Pa.), Nick Golz and Errol McCarthy or DePaul Catholic High (Wayne, N.J.), Tyrell Smith of Lacey Township High (Lanoka Harbor, N.J.), Michael Casimos and Tyler Samra of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), Christian Wilson of McKeesport (Pa.) High, Holy Spirit High's (Absecon, N.J.) Nico D'Angelo and Tim Donahue of Howell High (Farmingdale, N.J.).

As always, though, the spring evaluation and summer camp circuit provides the opportunity for more prospects to earn offers.

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