7 Days Til The Big Ten: New Recruiting Ground

Rutgers University sits seven days away from Big Ten membership, and ScarletReport.com is here to count down the days in style. A new conference means new opportunities in recruiting, and ScarletReport.com takes a look at the Top 5 new regions open to the Scarlet Knights.

As ScarletReport.com continues to count down to the official move to the Big Ten on July 1, today's installment focuses on top five recruiting areas to open up to Rutgers because of the move into the most prestigious conference in the nation.

5. Texas: Rutgers was already looking at Texas an as opportunity in recruiting because the American Athletic Conference housed Houston and SMU. With direct flights from Newark to Dallas and Houston, it made for an easy trip, and now the visibility of the Big Ten means Rutgers has even more name recognition. The Scarlet Knights got tight end Logan Lister out of Katy (Texas) High in the 2014 class, and when back to work a camp at Sam Houston State this month and have offered a handful of Lone Star State propects.

4. Chicago: The Windy City doesn't produce a ton of football prospects, but it is getting better. With a flight seemingly every eight minutes from a Newark/New York airport into O'Hare or Midway, it gives Rutgers the opportunity to make a mark in the hub of the central time zone. Syracuse has done a nice job getting into Chicago, and while Rutgers isn't putting out a ton of offers there, it is a place the Scarlet Knights are exploring.

3. Michigan: Before quarterback Giovanni Rescigno of Warren (Mich.) De La Salle committed to Rutgers in January, the Scarlet Knights had another quarterback committed in the form of Beverly Hills (Mich.) Detroit County Day's Tyler Wiegers. Why? Because of name recognition of Rutgers playing in the Big Ten. Rutgers can sell prospects on the fact games will be played at Michigan, Michigan State, Ohio State, Purdue, Illinois and Northwestern.

2. Ohio: Rutgers receivers coach Ben McDaniels has ties within the state, and it shows in the offer list. Rutgers offered a handful of Ohio prospects in the 2014 class, and that should increase in future years as prospects and their families get used to seeing the Scarlet Knights on the Big Ten landscape. Rutgers is in good position for linebacker Troy Henderson of Lakewood (Ohio) St. Edward, and a visit in the coming weeks could provide dividends. There is competition in the state, but also a lot of talent.

1. The Nation: Rutgers' visibility means, on the right occasion, it can look nationally for a recruit, and it means opening up exponentially more opportunities at quarterback. Rutgers' inclusion in the Big Ten was the reason Philip Nelson transferred from Minnesota, and after he was removed from the team following a spring arrest, the Big Ten was a major reason quarterback Hayden Rettig, who is from Los Angeles, transferred in from LSU. The move gives Rutgers instant credibility and name recognition the Big East and AAC could not.

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