Realistic Recruiting Targets Update

With camps over and training camp just around the corner, takes an adjusted, realistic look at recruiting the Class of 2012. Ten spots are filled, but how many more will Rutgers seek and who are the top positional targets?

Ten spots are filled in the Class of 2012 and estimates an incoming class of 17-19 athletes. Since the last update in late May, Rutgers added two offensive linemen, two defenders and a much-needed kicker.

Here's a look at what is left with the recruiting class already half-full.


Defensive Line (1-2 more): Darius Hamilton is the name on everyone's mind. Hamilton still lists Rutgers as his "top choice," but has not taken visits to other colleges yet, which is crucial to his decision.

Defensive end Trace Clark is the other d-lineman to watch, but Rutgers needs to make up ground with him.

Already Committed: Julian Pinnix-Odrick was a huge get for Rutgers in both a literal and figurative sense. The 6-foot-5, 265-pounder will play the "R" defensive end position for the Scarlet Knights and brings some much-needed depth to the defensive line upon his arrival.

Linebackers (1-2 more): Mike Strizak and Nyeem Wartman are expected to make their decisions within the next month or two. Rutgers is in good position with Strizak, whose other leaders are Connecticut and Boston College, and may have work to do with Wartman, who is high on Penn State.

Quanzell Lambert is the top middle linebacker target for Rutgers, which is in stiff competition with Penn State and Alabama for the South Jersey stud. Rutgers will make space for Lambert should he want to commit despite a crunch on available scholarships later in the recruiting period.

Already CommittedSteve Longa is a major pickup as an outside linebacker, but the Scarlet Knights need someone that can play in the middle in this class to complement him.

Defensive Backs (2+ more): Rutgers is in good position with a multitude of talented defensive backs and will not have the space to accommodate all of them.

The way the rest of the class at DB shakes out depends greatly on timing. Don Bosco's (Jersey City, N.J.) Yuri Wright and Elijah Shumate will have spots regardless, but behind that, the top targets are Erasmus Hall (Brooklyn, N.Y.) safety Wayne Morgan, Sayreville (Parlin, N.J.) ATH Delon Stephenson, St. Peters Prep safety D.J. Singleton and Fuller.

Shumate and Singleton are also involved at linebacker as both will play the position for their high schools this season.

Guys like Kye Morgan and Jevon Tyree are not being as heavily recruited as the DBs listed above, but that can change as time progresses.


Quarterbacks (Likely Finished): Devin Fuller is still on the board and, after he impressed at the 7-on-7 Schiano Shootout, is being looked at more seriously as a quarterback. Fuller is still a hybrid athlete recruit that could play anything from safety to slot receiver should he commit to Rutgers, but quarterback is more of a possibility now than it was a month ago.

Already Committed: Blake Rankin turned in a strong camp at Rutgers and told that he learned a lot from his first full experience with offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti.

Rankin committed on the day of the spring game and has been all Rutgers ever since.

Running Backs (1 Remaining Target): Downingtown East's (Exton, Pa.) Drew Harris is the lone running back still being heavily recruited by Rutgers. Former teammates Tyler Kroft and Taj Alexander and a strong connection to the coaching staff are draws for Harris. However, the powerful running back holds two dozen offers and has not started trimming his list.

Already Committed: Desmon Peoples was the second to commit to Rutgers in the Class of 2012 and has been to campus multiple times since. If Rutgers does not land Harris, Peoples will be the sole running back in the class.

Wide Receivers (1 More): Rutgers is still hard after both Leonte Carroo and Ian Thomas and both hold Rutgers in high regard.

Behind them, contact is fading with other offered receivers like Fred McRae and DeAndre Jasper.

Already Committed: Ruhann Peele became the first member of the class in April and Carlton Agudosi jumped on board almost immediately following reception of a verbal scholarship offer.

Peele is focused on academics and not taking part in any camps or combines. Agudosi, however, took place in Rutgers' camp last week as a one-day participant.

Tight Ends (2): Rutgers will take two tight ends in this class with St. Peters Prep's (Jersey City, N.J.) Michael Giacone being the top target. Giacone, who announces his decision next Friday, lists Rutgers, Connecticut, Boston College and Maryland as his top four.

Blake Jackson and Orlando David will both be post-season deciders and are highly sought-after by Rutgers. Tight end is a position where Rutgers may look beyond its current offer-base later this year if things do not pan out with these three.

Offensive Line (1-2 More): Both Ryan Brodie and Derrick Nelson think highly of Rutgers with the former potentially deciding this month. Rutgers is also hard after JuCo lineman Will Latu.

The Scarlet Knights could potentially wind up taking all three or ending up with none of them, but these are the three names to watch on the line right now.

Already Committed: Pennsylvania linemen Chris Muller and Brandon Arcidiacono make a strong start to offensive line recruiting. Muller is a born tackle and Arcidiacono projects as a center.

Special Teams (Finished)

Rutgers, without question, needs a kicker and found one in Kyle Federico. Federico impressed at the Rutgers specialists camp and earned an offer. Two weeks later, he called Greg Schiano to commit to Rutgers.

Federico will be the line scholarship placekicker on the roster next year and is expected to replace San San Te.

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