Rutgers in Review: Chance to Play Early

Rutgers played just three true freshmen in the first year under coach Kyle Flood. That number soared to 10 in 2014. The 2014 recruiting class, now complete, has plenty of faces that could compete for playing time as true freshmen. counts them down inside.

5. Weeki Wachee (Fla.) OT Marcus Applefield -- Starting spots are taken at all five positions on the offensive line. Applefield could benefit from a red-shirt season, but there is a chance he just plays too well to be held back. Keith Lumpkin, Kaleb Johnson and Betim Bujari have spots locked down. Chris Muller and Taj Alexander, however, were co-starters last year and could be pushed by Applefield. Rutgers is relatively thin with its second-team offensive line look after losing Andre Civil, Antwan Lowery and Dallas Hendrikson to graduation. Applefield is a name to watch when competing for a spot on the two-deep, along with J.J. Denman, Dorian Miller and Bryan Leoni.

4. Avon (Conn.) Old Farms ATH Dre Boggs -- Boggs has explosiveness, and spent a year at prep school to mature. He needs to add weight and strength, but his versatility gives him a chance to play right away. Coach Kyle Flood pointed to Boggs as a potential wide receiver in the 2014 class. Boggs has the opportunity, as well, to earn playing time in a secondary looking for established faces under defensive coordinator Joe Rossi. Boggs is an immediate option on special teams.

3. Katy (Texas) TE Logan Lister -- Lister is almost a built-in replacement for what Paul Carrezola gave the Rutgers offense as a senior. He is far ahead as a blocker after spending his senior season as a tackle for Texas powerhouse Katy High. Rutgers likes to use two or three tight ends in its rotation, and if Ralph Friedgen continues that theme, then look for Lister and sophomore Nick Arcidiacono to have roles behind all-conference starter Tyler Kroft.

2. Jacksonville (Fla.) First Coast CB Kam Lott -- This spot is essentially a tie between Lott, Darian Dailey and Isaiah Wharton. Rutgers needs more cornerbacks, especially with Ruhann Peele and Tejay Johnson heading to full-time receiver spots. Look for multiple true freshmen to play in the defensive secondary this year. Lott has the edge because he is already enrolled, giving him an entire spring practice to get on the field. Lott could see a similar true freshman path to that of Nadir Barnwell as an early enrollee. Dailey and Wharton could do the same like Anthony Cioffi did in 2013 as a summer enrollee.

1. Dinwiddie (Va.) LS Alan Lucy -- If Lucy does not play from day one, then something went wrong. Putting a long snapper immediately on scholarship is rarely done. When a coach makes a move like that, he will expect the specialist to start immediately. Rutgers got a career of perfection out of Rob Jones at long snapper. Lucy will be expected to do the same thing. He ranks in as the No. 3 long snapper in the country according to Rubio Long Snapping. New faces are coming at punter and holder, making stability at long snapper essential.

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