What Does Rutgers Need in 2013?

Rutgers signed an epic class in 2012, but that is old news. The focus is now on the 2013 class, and ScarletReport.com takes a look at the areas of need as Rutgers tries to fill out the class.

Rutgers signed its 2012 class on Wednesday and made a huge haul along the offensive line, grabbed New Jersey's top player (Darius Hamilton) for the second straight class and filled out many of its needs well.

However, recruiting is fluid, and it doesn't mean 2013 will be a time to pick and choose for the Scarlet Knights. So as the 2013 recruiting season kicks into high gear, ScarletReport.com looks at the areas of need for the Scarlet Knights.

1. Tight end
If Rutgers wants to remain committed to the pro-style offense, it needs the tight end to become a legitimate threat within its scheme. D.C Jefferson will be a senior and there is very little proven depth behind him.
The future of the position cannot rest solely on the shoulders of Tyler Kroft. Rutgers aimed for two tight ends in 2012 but didn't sign any after Michael Giacone flipped late to Boston College. Rutgers desperately needs one tight end and should land two.

2. Defensive end
Darius Hamilton will enter Rutgers as a defensive end but plans to evolve into a defensive tackle. With so much talent in New Jersey's 2013 class at defensive end -- Alquadin Muhammad, Dajaun Drennon, Garrett Sickels, Tashawn Bower – bolstering the position is a must. Rutgers has some depth on the line, but has not had a game-changing pass rusher since Jamaal Westerman. The need to land at least one and more likely two is a must.

3. Linebacker
Rutgers adequately addressed its needs this year by adding Quanzell Lambert and Steve Longa, but depth is still a question at the position. Behind young talents Kevin Snyder and Jamal Merrell, Rutgers needs to find depth because it will lose Khaseem Greene and Steve Beauharnais. Getting a pair of linebackers is again key for the Scarlet Knights.

4. Running back
This is not a position of great depth even with Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison splitting reps last season. Walk-on P.J. James could factor in, and incoming freshman Desmon Peoples will be physically ready to play, but Rutgers could use another between-the-tackles runner. Add in a speed guy and Rutgers could take two in this class.

5. Safety
The Scarlet Knights did not bring in any true safeties this season after missing on Elijah Shumate and D.J. Singleton and need to replenish the depth. Davon Jacobs may end up a safety, but more depth is needed. The caveat is most college teams will take a cornerback knowing he could be move to safety if need be.

6. Quarterback
A good program never has enough quarterbacks. Rutgers needs to bring in a quarterback in this class to go along with Chas Dodd, Gary Nova, Mike Bimonte and Blake Rankin for the 2013 season. While the Scarlet Knights have four quarterbacks on scholarship, which is much better than the two it had two seasons ago, adding a quarterback per class is the norm.

7. Offensive line
Rutgers had a perfect 2012 in terms of offensive line recruiting, but still needs more depth for the future. Look for a smaller haul in 2013, but there is plenty of talent within the recruiting area. The Scarlet Knights could take two offensive linemen, with one being a tackle and another on the interior. If things break right, the Scarlet Knights could add three on the unit.


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