Storyline Central: Fresh Faces

ScarletReport.com continues its lead-in to training camp series with a look at this year's incoming freshmen. Some are locks to play. Others will benefit from a red-shirt season. What impacts can be expected from the biggest names? Who are the most likely to play right away?

Rutgers coach Greg Schiano pulled in one of his top recruiting classes in February. With players officially reporting to the Hale Center in eight days, here is a look at select members of the Class of 2011 ranging from locks to find the field to guys that can earn time with good training camps.

Not to say that guys left off the list do not have a shot to play, but here are 10 names to watch through training camp.

RB Savon Huggins — Thank you Captain Obvious. There is not much to say about Huggins that has not already been said. He did not come to Rutgers to sit on the bench. It will be interesting to see how quickly he gets serious reps this training camp and how the carries are balanced between the running backs.

P Anthony DiPaula — The early enrollee's inconsistencies were well-documented during spring practice. But realistically, who else is going to punt? Mohamed Sanu is too valuable to risk injury and Rutgers does not want another Jeremy Ito circa 2007 situation.

QB Gary Nova — Nova is the more polished of the two quarterbacks. It is a lock that either he or Mike Bimonte plays as Chas Dodd's backup this year — especially with the news that Steve Shimko will take a medical retirement. Camp will be a time for Nova or Bimonte to win a backup job.

OL Kaleb Johnson — Johnson's chances at playing time depend on two things — himself and his superiors. If Johnson shows up to camp in great shape and has some good practices early on, he has a chance to find the field. But if the offensive line progresses as Rutgers hopes, Johnson would benefit from a red-shirt year to get stronger and learn the system.

DT Djwany Mera — On the post-spring two-deep, Mera has a tremendous opportunity to earn playing time with no proven depth behind Scott Vallone at the position.

DT Kenneth Kirksey — Kirksey was not a second-teamer after the spring, but should get the same opportunities as Mera.

WR Tejay Johnson — Speed kills, but so does not playing organized football in more than a year. It may take Johnson more than just a few weeks of training camp to get used to the grind.

WR Miles Shuler — Shuler also has tremendous speed, but is playing a new position and will still be 17 at the start of training camp. The Long Branch star would benefit from a red-shirt, but could see the field if he progresses quickly at wideout after playing quarterback in high school.

LB Kevin Snyder — Snyder has a ton of athletic ability. With the lack of depth at second-team linebacker, he or Quentin Gause could be a candidate for major playing time. Snyder told ScarletReport.com before enrollment that tight end was briefly considered as a position, but that he fully expects to play linebacker for the Scarlet Knights.

DB Johnathan Aiken — Aiken, who enrolled for spring practice, can be a valuable special-teams player. There are a lot of guys ahead of him at cornerback, but excelled at blocking kicks in his one season of high school ball.

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