Recruting Target Breakdowns, Part I

In the first of this two-part series, gives an updated look at the targets remaining on Rutgers' board. With 10 commitments to what is expected to be a small 2012 class because of a scholarship crunch, we provide a look at the main offensive targets.

Written scholarship offers cannot go out until Aug. 1, and signing day is a mere 200 days away.

Yet, Rutgers is so far ahead in the recruiting process for what is shaping up to be a stellar 2012 class that only a few handfuls of targets remain on the board.

The Scarlet Knights have 10 verbal commitments in a class in which the available slots are more than half filled. In this two-part series, takes a look at those prospects on the board. The criteria is the prospect must hold a verbal offer from Rutgers, must be actively recruited by the Scarlet Knights, and have an interest in the program.

Today's chart looks at the offensive targets remains:

QB Devin Fuller, 6-0, 185, Northern Valley (N.J.) Old Tappan High's take: Fuller holds Rutgers in a special place since the school provided him the first of dozen upon dozens of offers. He wants to play quarterback, but may wind up in the secondary in college. For Rutgers to have a shot, it will need to convince him a true shot at quarterback is in the cards.

RB Drew Harris, 6-1, 205, Downingtown East High (Exton, Pa.)'s take: He is close friends with Rutgers red-shirt freshman Taj Alexander, but that won't be a determining factor. He likes the Scarlet Knights, but the sudden depth at running back with Savon Huggins, Jeremy Deering and the committed Desmon Peoples could conspire against Rutgers.

WR Leonte Carroo, 6-2, 200, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)'s take: Carroo lives in the shadows of Rutgers Stadium and is a frequent visitor to campus. Before making the rounds at other schools, he announced he will make his college selection public during an Aug. 6 ceremony. His mother and grandmother, both influential in the process, want him at Rutgers, and that is usually a good formula.

WR Ian Thomas, 6-1, 187, Franklin High (Reisterstown, Md.)'s take: Thomas visited campus twice in the spring and has a tremendous relationship with Scarlet Knights receivers coach P.J. Fleck. He also likes Notre Dame, Iowa and Stanford, and added Maryland to the mix. After a strong 7-on-7 performance at Rutgers, the Scarlet Knights kept recruiting him hard. It could come down to Rutgers and Notre Dame, but the Terps could be one to watch.

WR Travares Copeland, 5-11, 175, Treasure Coast High (Port St. Lucie, Fla.)'s take: He opened eyes during his multi-day performance at Rutgers camp. The Scarlet Knights already are doing well in receiver recruiting with commitments from Carlton Agudosi and Ruhann Peele, and with how well things are going with Carroo and Thomas. However, Copeland is the type of talent worth keeping an eye on, and Rutgers will stay involved with him.

TE Michael Giacone, 6-5, 235, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.'s take: The state's top tight end will announce his decision Friday at noon (and will be there with live updates), and Rutgers, Connecticut, Maryland and Boston College are on the finalists. Giacone announced his decision date a few weeks ago, after returning from a day-two visit to Rutgers.

TE Orlando David, 6-3, 210, Chaminade Madonna Prep (Hollywood, Fla.)'s take: The question will be how hard Rutgers recruits David if Giacone announces for the Scarlet Knights. Bringing in two tight ends is a luxury in this class, and if Rutgers can get two quality ones, it will likely take them. David is coming off a knee injury, but he could see his stock rise greatly if he performs well in the first few games of the season, and that could make it tough for Rutgers to landhim.

TE Blake Jackson, 6-5, 235, Scottsdale (Ariz.) Community College's take: Jackson has two years to play two seasons, which means he needs to go to a place with a dire need for tight end. He wants to make a decision after the season , and by then he will know if Rutgers had a tight end develop, or if one is desperately needed. The Scarlet Knights are involved, and their interest is shown in that Jackson said coach Greg Schiano is the one recruiting him the most for Rutgers.

OT Ryan Brodie, 6-5, 275, Long Branch (N.J.) High's take: Brodie's leader is Rutgers, and visited campus at least three times in June. He is also considering Connecticut heavily, and losing him t o the Huskies would be a hit to the class. He is athletic and shows well in camp situations. Schiano is doing a lot of the recruiting with Brodie.

OG Derrick Nelson, 6-3, 275, Archbishop Carroll (Washington, D.C.)'s take: The late-comer earned an offer with his performance at the Rutgers' Big Man Academy, and has been to campus three times since then. He likes the Scarlet Knights, but isn't ready to make a decision yet.

OG Duaron Williams, 6-4, 295, Jones High (Orlando)'s take: He didn't have the best camp at Rutgers last month, but performed well at Nike's "The Opening" last weekend. If Rutgers didn't have two offensive line commits already, and if it wasn't doing well with Brodie and Nelson, a bigger push could be made for Williams. The Scarlet Knights continue to recruit Williams, but maybe not as hard as they were a few months ago.

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