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 13 verbal commitments in a class in which the available slots are more than half filled. In this two-part series, ScarletReport.com takes a look at those prospects on the board. The criteria are 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 defensive targets remaining:
S Elijah Shumate, 6-1, 205, Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.)
ScarletReport.com's take: Rutgers remains in the running for Shumate, who is a frequent visitor to campus and is being recruited hard by the Scarlet Knights. He is listing South Carolina and Rutgers as two of his favorites, but doesn't plan on cutting his list until later this season, or making a decision until after it.
S/OLB D.J. Singleton, 6-3, 195, St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.)
ScarletReport.com's take: Singleton is concentrating on Rutgers, Wisconsin, Tennessee, Miami and Michigan State, but Nebraska is a school also making a push. Others could also enter the mix. He wants to play safety, although he is easily projectable as a linebacker, and the school that can convince him the best he will remain at safety could be the last one standing.
S Wayne Morgan, 5-11, 190, Erasmus Hall High (Brooklyn)
ScarletReport.com's take: He continues to hear from Rutgers, even after the commitment of Davon Jacobs a few weeks ago. His length and athleticism, not to mention his 4.49 speed, makes him a candidate to play cornerback. After nearly committing to Michigan seven weeks ago, he is content to wait until after the season. Rutgers and Connecticut are recruiting him the hardest.
CB Yuri Wright, 6-1, 178, Don Bosco Prep
ScarletReport.com's take: Length and speed, in addition to the ability to develop in the weight room, make Wright one of the top cornerbacks in the nation. He is getting plenty of attention from Rutgers, and could join a few of his teammates with the Scarlet Knights if the pieces of the class fall together nicely. Colorado will be a big contender, but it could come down to the strong relationship he is building with the Scarlet Knights' staff.
DE Darius Hamilton, 6-4, 245, Don Bosco Prep
ScarletReport.com's take: Hamilton is set to take a tour of the west coast, stopping in at Cal and Oregon. He set Oct. 6 as his announcement date, and is listing Rutgers, Florida, California, Oregon, Tennessee and Alabama as his top six. Rutgers' stiffest competition could come from Florida, but much more should be known in the next month, after Hamilton visits other schools.
DE Trace Clark, 6-4, 225, Wichita (Kan.) Collegiate School
ScarletReport.com's take: The defensive end from the midwest originally reached out to Rutgers to be recruited, but he hasn't had a ton of contact with the Scarlet Knights lately. Clark was hoping to take a visit to campus this summer, but the longer it goes without him making a visit, the less likely Rutgers is to land him.
DT Jamil Pollard, 6-3, 270, West Deptford High (Westville, N.J.)
ScarletReport.com's take: Pollard's situation changed a few weeks ago as he started to open his recruitment. Rutgers talked to Pollard in recent weeks, and he could become a big-time target if the Scarlet Knights believe they have enough scholarships available, and think they can get him.
DT Korren Kirven, 6-4, 260, Brookville High (Lynchburg, Va.)
ScarletReport.com's take: Like Clark, a summer visit will tell everything. Kirven is in the heart of Virginia and Virginia Tech territory, but built a strong relationship with receivers coach P.J. Fleck. Although it may be a long shot to land Kirven, getting him on campus could put Rutgers in the mix.
MLB Quanzell Lambert, 6-2, 245, Timber Creek Regional High (Erial, N.J.)
ScarletReport.com's take: One of the quietest stars in New Jersey's 2012 class doesn't give much away in his recruitment, but Rutgers is close by and has strong academics, which fits into Lambert's mold of what he wants in a school. This could be a tough one for Rutgers to land, but the Scarlet Knights are in the thick of it.