Recruiting Reset: Tight Ends

The spring evaluation period is winding down and the camp circuit is about to hit overdrive. So views it as the perfect time for its "Recruiting Reset" package. After beginning with the offensive line targets and moving to the backfield, next on the list are the tight ends.

The tight end nearly disappeared from Rutgers' offense the last two seasons – partly because of performance and partly due to the offensive system – but it should return to prominence under new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

Rutgers welcomes Tyler Kroft to campus in late June, and the Scarlet Knights are looking to bolster the unit in the 2012 recruiting class, and could bring in as many as two tight ends.

The most recent development regarding the recruitment of the position was the offer extended last week to Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College's Blake Jackson, a 6-foot-4, 230-pounder with athleticism and speed.

That Jackson will have two years to play two seasons after he competes in 2011 for Scottsdale CC should help the Scarlet Knights, who are set to visit him this week and are in dire need of depth at the position. The chance to compete immediately, and play in Cignetti's pro-style offense, which sent a pair of tight ends to the NFL at Pittsburgh after the 2009 season, should bolster Rutgers' chances.

But Jackson's offer was the third one extended the Scarlet Knights extended to a tight end in a month, and Rutgers remains in good position with a number of them.

Michael Giacone of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) and Jack Schwaba of Upper Saint Clair High (Pittsburgh), each hold Rutgers in high regard, and the Scarlet Knights could wind up landing both.

Schwaba is an aggressive blocker, and Giacone showed his blocking skills while creating running lanes for Rutgers-bound running back Savon Huggins last season.

Meanwhile, Rutgers will host Chaminade Madonna tight end Orlando David next month on an unofficial visit. David is rehabbing from knee surgery, but last week he told he will still be at Rutgers' camp to watch the coaches in action and talk to the staff.

Also set to visit Rutgers next month is J.P Holtz of Shaler Area High (Pittsburgh), and he said one of the things attracting him to Rutgers is the offense Cignetti runs.

The Scarlet Knights continue to recruit several other tight ends, who are yet to pick up offers but could earn one if they perform well at Rutgers' camps next month.

Monte Taylor of C.H. Flowers High (Springdale, Md.) and Will McLaughlin of Wallenpuapack Area High (Hawley, Pa.) are among those expected to camp. Also, the Scarlet Knights remain involved with Daniel Nwosu of Duval High (Lanham, Md.), P.J. Gallo of Council Rock South High (Holland, Pa.), Kalief Joyner of Christ the King and Ryan Morris of Barnegat (N.J.) High.

Rutgers has nearly ceased its recruitment of Baltimore City College High's Charles Tapper, Kelvin Rainey of Yulee (Fla.) High is looking elsewhere and Colin Thompson of Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.) committed to Florida.

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