Remaining Rutgers Targets: Defense

The Rutgers Class of 2013 is filling fast with only a handful of targets still on the board. With 14 solid verbal commitments, the class is more than half full before training camp even starts. is here to look at the remaining serious targets, finishing on the defensive side of the ball.

Targets always come out of the blue. Decommitments happen and new offers tend to go out once senior tape becomes available. Of current uncommitted recruits, takes a look at the prospects still on the table for Rutgers and where the Scarlet Knights stand with each. Defensive Line — Hun School's (Princeton, N.J.) Hunter Knighton, Tabor Academy's (Marion, Mass.) Tevin Montgomery, Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) Alquadin Muhammad.

Knighton could play on either side of the ball for Rutgers, but is starting to hear from schools all over the country including a recent Miami offer. Getting him on campus for a personalized junior day was big this spring, but there is still ground that needs to be made up.

Rutgers made Montgomery's top five and his June visit to campus exceeded expectations. Rutgers is expected to stay in it until the end with Montgomery.

Muhammed remains a top target and perhaps the most prized recruit in New Jersey. Taking a page out of teammate Darius Hamilton's book, Muhammad is keeps his recruitment low key. He is a multi-time visitor to Rutgers with Michigan, Notre Dame and Alabama as the toughest competition.

Linebackers — University School's (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) Skai Moore, Hargrave Military Academy's Lester Liston, Haverford's (Pa.) Matt Galambos.

All three prospects list Rutgers in the top tier in terms of current interest. Moore and Galambos are both expected to take official visits to Rutgers this season.

For Moore, Vanderbilt is the toughest competition whereas Syracuse and Pittsburgh are the hardest after Galambos.

When it comes to Liston, his recruitment may not last through the official visit period. Liston's only visit before starting military school will be to Rutgers and he has made it no secret that the Scarlet Knights are at the top of his list.

Defensive Backs — Piscataway's (N.J.) Nadir Barnwell, Jesuit's (Tampa, Fla.) Reggie Brown, American Heritage's (Plantation, Fla.) Bryant Gross.

Barnwell is classified by many as the "must get" recruit in this class. Like Hamilton last year or Savon Huggins the year before, Rutgers was in early with Barnwell and has been at the top of the list throughout the process.

The dynamic cornerback will visit Florida this weekend. The Gators are considered Rutgers' toughest competition for Barnwell.

Brown and Gross represent the type of Florida athlete Rutgers likes to recruit. Both have strong interest in Rutgers and are looking at official visits to campus. With Dayton (Springfield, N.J.) cornerback Anthony Cioffi already committed and Barnwell in the mix, do not expect Rutgers to go hard after both.

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