Class of 2014 Filling Fast

Rutgers added commitments No. 18, 19 and 20 in a huge recruiting week for head coach Kyle Flood. Tied for the second most commitments behind Texas, Rutgers space in the class of 2014 come at a premium with six months left before National Signing Day.

Rutgers has approximately five spaces left in an impressive 2014 recruiting class after securing commitments this week from Adonis Jennings, Kiy Hester and Jimmy Hogan.

Head coach Kyle Flood will continue to recruit the best prospects at a variety of positions but five positional needs stand out in the final six months before Signing Day.

Wide Receiver -- Rutgers has two impressive commitments at the position, but would do well to add a third with the amount of talent still on the table. Miami Northland High (Fla.) receiver Kendrick Edwards had a big camp week and remains a tall, athletic target. Then there are a series of offensive weapons out there, highlighted by Curtis Samuel, Noah Brown and Juwan Winfree.

Cornerback -- The depth lost at defensive back to this year's NFL draft cannot rebuild in one class. Kam Lott and Saquan Hampton are already committed but new offers to players like Cordell Hudson show interest in bolstering the position.

Linebacker -- Jensen Beach (Fla.) linebacker Xavier Preston is still on the board and so is JuWhaun Bentley out of Dematha (Hyattsville, Md.). A three-linebacker class, alongside Sidney Gopre and Branden Russell, does well in addressing needs at the position.

Punter -- Punter is not always a scholarship position in recruiting, but Rutgers needs a long-term answer with Nick Marsh in his final year of eligibility. The staff worked out D.J. Helkowski from Fauquier (Warrenton, Va.) and is an option. He expects to hear about an offer soon.

Athlete -- With so many legitimate options at wide receiver, Rutgers could go for another athlete like Samuel, Wiinfree, Mike Gesicki, Cameron Phillips or Qadree Ollison. With the amount of local talent at athlete positions, one receiver and one cornerback may not be enough in the end.

Other Names to Watch -- Montclair (N.J.) defensive end Darius Slade, Weeki Wachee (Fla.) tackle Marcus Applefield.


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