Did Rutgers Fill Its Needs in 2012?

Days after Rutgers signed its 2011 class, ScarletReport.com looked at the needs for the 2012 class. And now that the 2012 class is signed, ScarletReport.com takes a look to see if Rutgers met the needs in eight key areas.

Days after the ink dried last February on what was largely considered Rutgers' best recruiting class in school history, ScarletReport.com looked ahead at what the Scarlet Knights needed in the 2012 recruiting class.

There were eight positions of need, and ScarletReport.com takes a look at the 2012 class to see if those needs were filled.

1. Quarterback:
Rutgers got this one on the board early when Blake Rankin committed at the spring game and remained solid throughout. It gives Rutgers four scholarship quarterbacks – Gary Nova, Chas Dodd, Mike Bimonte and Rankin – entering the 2012 season. That is a healthy number, and gives coach Kyle Flood a workable talent pool.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

2. Offensive line:
The biggest excitement for the class came from the incredible talent the Scarlet Knights reeled in along the offensive line. Chris Muller and J.J. Denman would have been enough to set up the class, but they were joined by Ryan Brodie, Brandon Arcidiacono and Derrick Nelson. And for good measure, R.J. Dill transferred from Maryland and is immediately eligible.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

3. Defensive end:
Julian Pinnix-Odrick and Darius Hamilton will enter Rutgers as defensive ends. They were the two best in New Jersey's 2012 class, and two of the Scarlet Knights' top targets. Hamilton could grow into a defensive tackle, which is where he wants to play, while Pinnix-Odrick could mature into an offensive lineman.
However, for now they are both defensive ends, so the need was met.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

4. Linebacker: When Quanzell Lambert committed, then elected to remain committed after the coaching change, it left Rutgers in a very good position. Lambert is a true middle linebacker, and the Scarlet Knights have an outside linebacker in Steve Longa. Getting three would have been great – Nyeem Wartman would have fit nicely – but the goal was to get two.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

5. Safety:
The Scarlet Knights' top two targets at the position were D.J. Singleton (Wisconsin) and Elijah Shumate (Notre Dame), and both elected to leave home. Davon Jacobs could turn into a safety, but he was recruited to play cornerback. Jevon Tyree is straight cornerback if he remains on defense, which is the plan.
Mission accomplished?: No

6. Tight end:
Rutgers thought it was fine in this area until coach Greg Schiano left. At that point, Michael Giacone de-committed and went to Boston College. It wasn't a deep class for tight end, so the Scarlet Knights decided to wait until 2013 to find one. With D.C. Jefferson, Tyler Kroft, Paul Carrezola and Malcolm Bush on the roster, there is some depth, but it is imperative to get one, and maybe two in the upcoming class.
Mission accomplished?: No

7. Running back:
Rutgers didn't lose any running backs – Joe Martinek was shifted to fullback – but depth isn't great. Jawan Jamison and Savon Huggins are in the backfield, but after that it is thin. Bringing in Desmon Peoples was important, and he should be able to compete for playing time quickly.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

8. Placekicker:
Rutgers has comfort in knowing Kyle Federico enrolled in January and will have spring practice to show Flood he deserves the spot. With San San Te gone, it is either Federico or a walk-on, but as far as scholarships are concerned, it should be another three or four years before Rutgers doles one out to a placekicker.
Mission accomplished?: Yes

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