Rutgers' Recruiting: The Quarterback Board

Recruiting a quarterback is always crucial to a class, and that is no exception for Rutgers. The region isn't strong at the position, so the Scarlet Knights are looking across the country, and breaks down where things stand with more than a dozen quarterback prospects in the 2014 class.

Rutgers extended only a handful offers for a quarterback in the 2014 class, and there is no clear-cut target. So, takes a look at the quarterbacks on Rutgers' board, and where those quarterbacks stand in their recruitment.

(Names will/can be added as Rutgers shows interest in other quarterbacks in the class.)

Keep and Eye On

Chandler Kincade, Blackhawk High, Beaver Falls, Pa.
Skinny: Kincade committed to Pittsburgh during his sophomore season, but that was to a different coaching staff. The Panthers are looking elsewhere and so is Kincade, and Rutgers recently offered and is line of a spring visit, but he is also talking to Tennessee.

Tyler Wiegers, Detroit Country Day School, Beverly Hills, Mich.
Skinny: The Scarlet Knights are the lone BCS offer for Wiegers, and he is in the mix because of Rutgers' move to the Big Ten and because of the lack of high-level quarterbacks in the northeast region. Iowa and Wisconsin are interested, and an offer from either would be a game-changer.

Michael O'Connor, IMG Academy, Bradenton, Fla.
Skinny: O'Connor nearly fell into the long shot category, but Rutgers' proximity to his parents near Toronto and the fact they are moving to the Big Ten keep him in this category. He is 6-foot-5, 205 pounds with good arm strength and size. But he is at IMG Academy, which means every school in the nation will know about him, thus vastly expanding the recruiting pool.

The Long (or no) Shots

Caleb Henderson, Lake Braddock Secondary School, Burke, Va.
Skinny: Henderson visited campus in the winter, but he hasn't been in contact with Rutgers much since the trip. He is a high priority for Virginia, and not a factor with the Scarlet Knights' recruitment in the 2014 class.

Reid Travis, De La Salle High, Minneapolis, Mind.
Skinny: Travis' future is in basketball. It's nice that he plays quarterback and at 6-7, he is very athletic and can throw the ball. However, he is four-star recruit on the hardwood, so football isn't much of an issue at this point.

Do they have what it takes?

Chase Litton, Wharton High, Tampa
Skinny: Litton is set to camp at Rutgers, and at 6-foot-6, 190 pounds he has a big frame. Rutgers will see him during spring practice at his high school, and if he does well there, then a big showing at Rutgers' camp could lead to an offer.

Bo Baldwin, South Aiken High, Aiken, S.C.
Skinny: Rutgers already saw Baldwin throw and visited him several times. He also made an unofficial visit to campus but is yet to get an offer. If he throws well in the spring when Rutgers goes to see him, then an offer may be possible. But Baldwin's prospects of an offer seem more tied to what else happens on Rutgers' board.

Andrew Ford, Cedar Cliff High, Camp Hill, Pa.
Skinny: Ford is set to visit Rutgers on March 30, but throwing the spring is markedly more important. He's a lefty, so the need to tweak the playbook is always a concern. He communicates regularly with quarterbacks coach Rob Spence, but throwing well in the spring or camping may be his best change for an offer.

John Lovett, DeMatha Catholic High, Hyattsville, Md.
Skinny: Originally from Long Island, Lovett has done well in the early portions of the combine circuit. He has very good feet and solid arm strength, but at 6-foot-2 he is on the edge of what the Scarlet Knights want size-wise heading into the Big Ten. The Scarlet Knights will keep a close eye on Lovett in the spring.

Jeremy Jones, East Central High, San Antonio, Texas
Skinny: The 6-6 Jones reached out to Rutgers in the fall, and the Scarlet Knights have been keeping an eye on him. He is yet to pick up any offers and not only will have to throw in the spring, but also make a trip up to campus before an offer is extended.

Very little or no interest from Rutgers
William Crest, Dunbar High (Baltimore)
Darius Wade, Middletown (Del.) High
Steve Shanley, Paramus (N.J.) Catholic High
Troy Jones, Nassau Community College (Garden City, N.Y.)
Wesley Wolfolk, Suitland High (Forestville, Md.)
Cody Williams, Springfield (Mass.) Central High

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