Top 5 Sleepers in Rutgers' 2012 Class

The stars have been talked about aplenty in Rutgers' 2012 recruiting class, but what about the under-the-radar guys who didn't get as much publicity for a variety of reasons, and aren't the household names in the recruiting world? Well, compiled a list of the "Top 5 Sleepers" in the Scarlet Knights' class.

Even the layman Rutgers fan knows five-star defensive lineman Darius Hamilton can be an impact player for the 2012 season, but there is so much more in the 19-member class.

In dissecting the class, looks at the Top 5 sleepers in coach Kyle Flood's first recruiting class.

5. WR, Ian Thomas, 6-1, 195, Franklin High, Reisterstown, Md.
Iowa really wanted Thomas. So did North Carolina. In the end, Rutgers got him. The best way to describe Thomas is to say he has a style like Mohamed Sanu (No, this is not a Sanu comparison). Thomas isn't a burner but he has deceptive speed, runs tremendous routes and has very good hands.

4. CB Jevon Tyree, 5-10, 175, South Brunswick High, Monmouth, N.J.
He was a signing day guy but was good enough early in the process to have a Penn State offer. He has straight ahead speed but needs to work on his body to get stronger. He has the ability to be a threat in the return game, and while it won't happen immediately, don't be surprised if by 2014 he has turned into a very good player.

3. PK Kyle Federico, 6-1, 180, Ponte Vedra (Fla.) High
He has a strong leg and can kick in inclement weather despite his Florida upbringing. With San San Te gone, someone has to move to the forefront and Federico will get that chance. But he's a kicker, so not many people pay attention to him.

2. WR Ruhann Peele, 6-1, 185, Linden (N.J.) High
Competitor. He loves to compete and was always all about Rutgers, which is why few other schools reached out to him. He plays tough, plays hard and can catch anything. Peele also has size and won't be afraid to go over the middle.

1. ATH Delon Stephenson, 5-11, 185, Sayreville High, Parlin, N.J.
Something about Sayreville athletes limit their recruitment but the fact Stephenson's brother, Daryl, is already a freshman at Rutgers made this a lock. The only negative to Stephenson is figuring out where to play him – cornerback, safety, receiver, running back or returner. Don't be surprised if Stephenson is playing a nice role by midseason.

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