Recruiting Needs Reset: Offense

Spring practice is over and the coaching staff is out and about, so ScarletReport.com takes a look a where recruiting stands on the offensive side of the ball.

A week after signing day ScarletReport.com broke down the offensive and defensive needs of the recruiting class.

Now, with seven non-binding oral commitments in the 2015 class, and the coaching staff scattered around the East Coast and Florida, ScarletReport.com takes a look at where the class stands, and the first of the two-part series begins with the offense.

Quarterback (1): Rutgers long had its quarterback in the class when Elmwood Park (N.J.) High's Michael Dare committed in June 2013. However, with the loss of Blake Rankin to transfer this spring, the Scarlet Knights are contemplating brining in a second quarterback in the class and offensive coordinator Ralph Friegden went to see Malvern (Pa.) Prep's Alex Hornibrook, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy's Patrick Kehoe and Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle's Kyle Shumur throw. The Scarlet Knights are also looking at, Montclair (N.J.) High's Elijah Robinson and Bellmore (N.Y.) Mepham's Tyler Davis.

Running Back (2-3): The commitment of Fairless Hills (Pa.) Pennsbury's Charles Snorweah filled one slot, and the other could go to Monmouth Junction (N.J.) South Brunswick's Dontaee Strickland. Rutgers offered West Hartford (Conn.) Kingwood Oxford's Sharrieff Grice last month, and are tracking a number of other running backs, including Washington (D.C.) Gonzaga's Reggie Corbin, Somerdale (N.J.) Sterling's Davon Tucker, Lakewood (N.J.) High's Chapelle Cook and Easton (Pa.) High's Shane Simpson. The Scarlet Knights should get a June visit from Warrington (Pa.) Council Rock South's Josh Adams, but many schools like him better at safety or outside linebacker.

Fullback (0): There is no need for a scholarship fullback in what already will be a smaller class, and with several fullbacks on the roster.

Offensive Line (3-5): Rutgers needs to add depth at this position badly, and it shows in the desire to take as many as five at the position. Arcbald (Pa.) Valley View's Zac Venesky is already committed, but after that it could be a wait-and-see proposition as the June Big Man Academy arrives. Barnegat (N.J.) High's Sam Madden, Virginia Beach (Va.)) Cox's Blake Camper, Trinity Pawling (N.Y.) School's Austrian Robinson, West Orange (N.J.) Seton Hall Prep's Jared Southers and Ramsey (N.J.) Don Bosco's Kevin Feder visited campus in the spring and each hold offers.

The Scarlet Knights are also looking out of their usual comfort zone by offering Akron (Ohio) Archbishop Hoban's Red Stieber, Souix Falls (S.D.) Roosevelt's Grant Schmidt and Minneapolis De La Salle's Drayton Carlberg, but none scheduled a visit to campus yet.

Wide Receiver (3-5): After not landing a receiver in the 2014 class, it is paramount Rutgers stockpiles talent at this position in the 2015 class. The Scarlet Knights are in good shape with a few prospects, but the big name on the board is Haddonfield (N.J.) Paul VI's Irvin Charles.

Rutgers is also in good position with Baltimore Calvert Hall's Lawrence Cager, who is 6-foot-5, and Bethlehem (Pa.) Catholic's Freddie Simmons. The Scarlet Knights offered Burke (Va.) Lake Braddock's A.J. Alexander during a recent visit to campus. Philadelphia Imhotep's D.J. Moore also holds an offer, as does Wilmington (Del.) Dupont's Quadree Henderson.

Tight end (1-2): Rutgers got an early commitment from Tenafly (N.J.) High's Nakia Griffin, and it looked like that would close the position. However, with Taylor Marini transferring, there is room to take another, and the Scarlet Knights are pushing hardest for Coatesville (Pa.) High's Amir Ealey. Rutgers also offered Millburn (N.J.) High's Jake Pickard, who may also turn into a tight end.


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