Top NJ Talent Visiting Rutgers this Weekend

The Rutgers football season ended nearly a month ago with a second successful performance at Yankee Stadium. But the offseason is well underway and this weekend could be the most important for the Scarlet Knights between now and kickoff in 2012. Hosting more than a dozen official visitors, Rutgers had a chance to turn its 2012 recruiting class into the best in Greg Schiano's 11-year tenure.

The theme of keeping New Jersey talent in New Jersey is not new for Greg Schiano and the Rutgers football team, but this weekend is a chance to take that meaning to a different level.

This weekend, Rutgers hosts six of's preseason top 10 players in the state, including No. 1 Darius Hamilton and No. 2 Devin Fuller.

Rutgers is somewhat in the running for all but one of the top 10 — D.J. Singleton — and has four verbally committed.

For Hamilton, who is likely down to just Rutgers and Florida after the California departure of Tosh Lupoi to Washington, Rutgers gets the last say in trying to land the National Defensive Player of the Year. This is Rutgers' chance to truly solidify its relationship with national powerhouse Don Bosco Prep.

Rutgers has four-star Leonte Carroo committed and freshmen Gary Nova and Paul Canevari comfortably settled into life in Piscataway. Hamilton can take the relationship to another level. Rutgers needs players on the plane of Hamilton and Savon Huggins to show the rest of the state what can be done when the top talent stays home.

Along with Hamilton, Carroo and defensive back Yuri Wright will be on campus from Don Bosco. Needing another cornerback in the Class of 2012, Wright remains the top talent on the board for the Scarlet Knights.

Though Don Bosco is the hottest program in New Jersey, the top talent stretches far beyond the outer limits of Ramsey, N.J.

Twelve miles east of Don Bosco, Northern Valley Regional High (Old Tappan, N.J.) quarterback Devin Fuller went from a regional recruit to one of the top talents in the nation since receiving his first offer from Rutgers midway through his junior season.

Schiano has never had a dynamic dual-threat quarterback like Fuller and selling the program to him this weekend opens up many opportunities for the future of the offense.

On the other side of the state, New Jersey's No. 3 prospect, Quanzell Lambert, is already committed and Long Branch (N.J.) offensive tackle Ryan Brodie will be on campus for an official visit this weekend.

Former teammates with receiver Miles Shuler, Broide is down to Rutgers, Connecticut and Miami. Like Hamilton on the defensive line, Rutgers needs as much depth as possible on the offensive line. Brodie is another talent Rutgers identified early than anyone else, being the first to offer the 6-foot-5 lineman.

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