Update: Filling the 2013 Recruiting Needs

The 2013 recruiting season is four months old and ScarletReport.com updates where Rutgers sits in filling the needs of its class.

When the focus moved to the 2013 class of February's signing day, ScarletReport.com outlined Rutgers' areas of need in the recruiting class.

Four months into the recruiting year, the Scarlet Knights have three solid oral commitments and one soft verbal.

So, where does the class stand?

ScarletReport.com re-visits the list of needs, and breaks down where Rutgers standings in each case.

1. Tight end
There are not a lot of tight ends out there, and Rutgers is looking everywhere to find out. The Scarlet Knights hit the junior college ranks, but haven't found on who is showing the type of mutual interest to get excited about.
Lake Mary (Fla.) High's Taylor Marini is showing strong interest and is looking at a summer visit, and the Scarlet Knights are also involved with Manchester (Conn.) High and Boston College commit Andrew Isaacs. West Morris Mendham (N.J.) High's Matt Flanagan is set to camp at Rutgers in hopes of earning an offer.
Status: Incomplete

2. Defensive end
There are not a lot of big-time defensive ends in the region, but Rutgers remains heavily involved with three of the best in Timber Creek Regional High's (Erial, N.J.) Dajaun Drennon, Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) Alquadin Muhammad, The Hun School's (Princeton, N.J.) Hunter Knighton and Immaculata High's (Somerville, N.J.) Tashawn Bower. Landing one of those three will go a long way in developing the class.
Players such as Marvin Gross of Dunbar High (Baltimore) remain on the board as well.
Status: Incomplete

3. Linebacker
Rutgers' desire to hit the junior college ranks shows the need to get a linebacker ready to play, and the top target is Marcus Jenkins-Moore of Pierce College in Woodland Hills, Calif. He has the Scarlet Knights in his top three along with Kansas State and Purdue. Marcus Newby of Quince Orchard High (Gaithersburg, Md.) has Rutgers in his final seven, and a return visit to campus remains.
Williamstown (N.J.) High's Buddy Brown and Timber Creek's Myle Nash are both high on Rutgers and would play on the outside while Oakcrest High's (Mays Landing, N.J.) Brandon Bell is also a possibility.
Status: Incomplete

4. Running back
The Scarlet Knights picked up a huge commitment from Wicomico High's (Salisbury, Md.) Dontea Ayres last week, and it just about closes down recruiting at the position. Ayres is big, strong and physical, possesses very good vision and runs with power. It basically closes Rutgers' recruitment at the running back position.
Status: Mission Accomplished

5. Defensive back
This category was altered from safety to defensive back after some changes were made on the roster heading into spring practice. Rutgers landed two players here in Dayton Regional High's (Springfield, N.J.) Anthony Cioffi and Madison (N.J.) Boro High's Justin Goodwin (he was recruited as an athlete and ScarletReport.com is projecting him in the secondary).
The Scarlet Knights continue to recruit at players such as Cranford (N.J.) High's Reggie Green, American Heritage School's (Plantatio, Fla.) Bryant Gross, who has Rutgers as his leader, William Penn High's (Philadelphia) Daryl Worley and Bergen Catholic High's (Oradell, N.J.) Kyle Queiro.
Status: Mission Nearly Accomplished

6. Quarterback
Bringing in a quarterback in every class is a necessity to keep balance in the program, and Rutgers is hot on two of them in Cedar Creek High's (Egg Harbor City, N.J.) Damon Mitchell and Holy Trinity High's (Hicksville, N.Y.) Chrisopher Laviano. If given the chance, Rutgers likely would take both since Mitchell is unproven at quarterback and could move to safety.
If Laviano doesn't commit by the end of June, Rutgers could spend a lot of time at camp trying to find its next choice.
Status: Incomplete

7. Offensive line
Rutgers has a "soft verbal" from Wilde Lake High's (Fort Meade, Md.) Moise Larose, who projects as a tackle, and continues to do well with Metuchen (N.J.) High's Dorian Miller. Derwin Gray of Edison Friendship Collegiate (Washington, D.C.) continues to speak favorably about the Scarlet Knight as well.
Status: Incomplete


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