Top 5 Moments In Building 2012 Class

Rutgers signed an incredibly deep offensive line class and one rife with talent across the board. It got the state's top player (Darius Hamilton) for the second year in a row and it all came together despite a coaching chance less than a week before signing day. There were highs and lows, and ScarletReport.com breaks down the best moments of the last year in recruiting.

The ink is dry on the letters of intent on what turned into a stellar class. The ending was frenetic, including the appointment of Kyle Flood as coach, but the shape of the class began being formed before chaos hit.

In reliving it, ScarletReport.com looks at the Top 5 moments in building the 2012 class.

5. April 30, 2011 -- Top QB Choice Commits
Rutgers identified Bloomsburg (Pa.) High's Blake Rankin as its top quarterback in its class 10 months earlier during his performance at its summer camp, and he committed despite plenty of overtures from other schools.
He then played a huge role in forming the class, quietly talking with players like Chris Muller, J.J. Denman and Brandon Arcidiacono about joining him. In the end, each did.

4. Aug. 6, 2011 -- Leonte Carroo announces
It had the feel of a wedding reception and was an elaborate production, but the core of it was the highest rated receiver in the region decided he was staying at Rutgers.
Carroo is from Edison, wanted to play home and was looking for a reason. The direction of the program sold him, and his commitment gave him reason to recruit his Don Bosco teammates for the next five months.

3. Jan. 27, 2012 -- Unofficials at the RAC
Less than 24 hours after Ryan Brodie announced he was heading to Rutgers, coach Greg Schiano left and Brodie was suddenly fielding calls from more than a dozen suitors.
Rutgers countered by holding an impromptu unofficial visit day for a half-dozen of the area's committed players. Brodie was joined by Carroo, Carlton Agudosi, Davon Jacobs, Brandon Arcidiacono and Desmon Peoples.,br> Within 24 hours, all six said they were staying at Rutgers regardless of who the new head coach would be.

2. Jan. 30, 2012 -- Muller, Denman re-affirm
Flood was yet to be announced by Rutgers, but Scout.com/ScarletReport.com first reported he would be named the coach and quickly called recruits to get reaction. The first call went to Chris Muller, who re-affirmed his choice to remain with the Scarlet Knights, then passed the J.J. Denman, and he did the same.

1. Jan. 31, 2012 -- Darius Hamilton announces
Not only did the five-star's announcement he would attend Rutgers give the Scarlet Knights the best player in New Jersey for the second straight year, it legitimized Kyle Flood's appointment as coach to the recruiting community.
It also triggered a flurry to finish the class as Quanzell Lambert, Steve Longa and Julian Pinnix-Odrick all re-affirmed their commitments to the Scarlet Knights and Flood.


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