5. Receiver: Yes, the Scarlet Knights should be very good at receiver in 2011 and 2012, but this is recruiting, and the vision is always a few years into the future.
Two receivers are already committed in Carlton Agudosi of Franklin High (Somerset, N.J.) and Ruhann Peele of Linden (N.J.) High. So, why are the receivers on the list? .
Because one or two more are needed considering by the time the 2012 class are red-shirt freshman, Mohamed Sanu, Mark Harrison and Tim Wright will be gone, and the only receiver Rutgers signed in 2011 was Miles Shuler. .
Therefore, there is a reason Rutgers is still hard after Leonte Carroo of Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) and Ian Thomas of Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.) .
4. Tight end: The position has not produced much in the last few seasons, and no one took control as the lead guy in the spring. Given the way new offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti likes to use the tight end, more are needed, which is why the Scarlet Knights are looking at several prospects and could bring in two. .
Michael Giacone of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) and Blake Jackson of Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College are both very high on the list. Orlando David of Chaminade Madonna High (Hollywood, Fla.) is also on the list, but he didn't make it to camp, which could hurt Rutgers' chances with him. .
3. Placekicker: Rutgers is again looking hard to find and offer a kicker after two of its top targets, Paul Griggs and Ross Martin, committed to other schools the day before the specialists camp. The need exists because San San Te is a red-shirt senior, and freshman Anthony DiPaula was brought in to be a punter. .
Nick DeLouisa is a walk-on who needs to improve his accuracy, but the kicker market isn't exactly bustling with kids holding offers. .
2. Defensive end: It is a very difficult position to recruit because there are so few high-quality defensive ends who can transition quickly to college. Many times linebackers move down a level and compete on the defensive line, so it takes time to develop. .
The top defensive end prospect is Don Bosco Prep five-star Darius Hamilton, and behind him is Montclair (N.J.) High's Julian Pinnix-Odrick, with whom Rutgers is doing very well in recruiting. Also, the camp emergence of Patrick Jean of Treasure Coast High (Port St. Lucie, Fla.) adds intrigue. He is 6-foot-3, 200 pounds, but has the frame to put on plenty of weight and the speed to come off the edge. .
1. Offensive line:
Finding quality depth for the middle of the offensive line is key, and while Rutgers has a promising young nucleus with Antwan Lowery, Betim Bujari, Kaleb Johnson, Dallas Hendrikson and David Osei, more is needed. .
High on the recruiting board right now are Brandon Archidiancono of Archbishop Wood High (Warminster, Pa.), Derrick Nelson of Archbishop Carroll High (Washington, D.C.) and Duaron Williams of Jones High of Orlando. .
At tackle, it remains to be seen how players like incoming freshman Keith Lumpkin, red-shirt freshmen Chris Fonti and Jorge Vicioso and red-shirt sophomore Matt McBride develop on the outside, or if Andre Civil stay at tackle or move inside to guard. .
However, whatever the case, the Scarlet Knights landed one huge commitment last week in 6-foot-6, 300-pound Chris Muller of Boyertown (Pa.) Area High, and continue to recruit and do well with Long Branch (N.J.) High four-star offensive tackle Ryan Brodie. .
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