Rankings Revisited: Top Rutgers Signees

As we continue our countdown to 2015 National Signing Day, Scarlet Report looks back at some of the biggest "gets" in Rutgers history. We look back at the highest-rated Scout prospect in each of the last 10 recruiting classes and how they panned out in college and onward.

Class of 2005

Where he ranks -- Ray Rice, a three-star cornerback, checked in at No. 59 at his position in the class of 2005. Rutgers quickly moved him to running back,

At Rutgers -- Rice is arguably the best player in Rutgers football history. After a stellar 4,926 yards and 49 touchdowns in three years Rice moved on to three Pro Bowl appearances and a Super Bowl victory. His career now sits in limbo after last year’s infamous elevator incident.

Class of 2006

Where he ranks -- Zaire Kitchen edged out receivers Kenny Britt and Shamar Graves in the 2006 rankings as a three-star and the No. 20 safety in the class..

At Rutgers -- Knee injuries limited Kitchen’s career as a Rutgers safety, but he finished with a solid career “on the Banks.” Kitchen started as a senior in 2009 alongside Joe Lefeged, and left Rutgers with 123 tackles and three forced fumbles in 42 games.

Class of 2007

Where he ranks -- Anthony Davis sent shockwaves across New Jersey when committing to Rutgers as the No. 2 tackle and No. 20 player in the class of 2007 as an Army All-American.

At Rutgers -- This one worked out OK for Rutgers. After three elite years as a Rutgers starter, Davis went 11th overall to the San Francisco 49ers, where he starts at right tackle.

Class of 2008

Where he ranks -- Art Forst was the lone four-star recruit in Schiano’s 2008 class, and the 6-foot-8, 305-pound lineman ranked 23rd nationally at his position.

At Rutgers -- Forst played immediately at Rutgers, but had an up and down career with experience at all five positions. The pride of Manasquan went out on top as an All Big East lineman in his final season.

Class of 2009

Where he ranks -- Four-star Aaron Hayward out-ranked the likes of Logan Ryan, Tom Savage, Duron Harmon and Mohamed Sanu. Heyward was the nation’s No. 17 running back and No. 153 in the Scout 300.

At Rutgers -- Hayward did not pan out for Rutgers. After multiple position changes and a medical retirement, the Penns Grove (N.J.) athlete finished his Scarlet Knight career as a student assistant.

Class of 2010

Where he ranks -- The four-star Brandon Coleman finished at No. 227 in the Scout 300 as the 34th best wide receiver in the recruiting class.

At Rutgers -- Brandon Coleman finished one touchdown short of the school record during his four years at Rutgers. Coleman’s sophomore season included career bests in touchdowns (10) and yards (718). Coleman left one year early, but went undrafted.

Class of 2011

Where he ranks -- Savon Huggins, another five-star recruit, was the fourth-best running back in the country, an All-American and No. 23 in the 2011 Scout 300.

At Rutgers -- Huggins’ injury-plagued career ended short of expectations at Rutgers, and he will spend his final year of eligibility as a graduate-transfer at Northern Iowa. His Rutgers career logged 938 total yards and nine touchdowns.

Class of 2012

Where he ranks -- Darius Hamilton ties with Davis as the highest-rated commitment in Rutgers history. Hamilton, No. 20 in the Scout 300, was the sixth-best defensive lineman in 2012 and an Army All-American.

At Rutgers -- Hamilton enters his senior year as one of the best defensive linemen in the modern Rutgers era. Though undersized at the three-tech, Hamilton has 24.5 career TFLs and 10.5 sacks. The 2014 team captain also made Big Ten honorable mention in the final media vote.

Class of 2013

Where he ranks -- Dorian Miller was No. 266 in the Scout 300, and the four-star Metuchen (N.J.) standout was New Jersey’s top guard. Miller was the No. 3 guard in the east and 13th overall in 2013.

At Rutgers -- Miller projects as the starting left guard for Rutgers in year three. After a red-shirt season and limited playing time this year, Miller is the leading contender to replace Kaleb Johnson.

Class of 2014

Where he ranks -- Marcus Applefield did not crack the Scout 300, but ranked in as the sixth best tackle in Florida and the No. 30 offensive tackle in the recruiting class.

At Rutgers -- Applefield red-shirted after early enrollment at Rutgers, and has an outside shot at winning one of three starting spots open on the Rutgers offensive line.

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