Signing Day Rewind: Wide Receivers

Scarlet Report goes position-by-position to break down what Rutgers got in its 2015 recruiting class, and what it needs to accomplish in the next recruiting year. We continue with wide receiver, where coach Kyle Flood welcomed three wide receivers to the program in Rashad Blunt, Dontae Owens and Jawuan Harris.

In 2015 -- Signing Day welcomed three new receivers after Rutgers struck out at the position in 2014. Newly moved receivers coach Anthony Campanile gets three-star Rashad Blunt, three-star Dontae Owens and two-star Jawuan Harris in his meeting room come training camp. Blunt committed to Rutgers early and said “no thanks” to others that came in after his decision. Owens received an offer and quickly committed during the summer skills camp. Harris flipped from FAU to Rutgers in January, and also held an offer from Michigan State.

Expectations -- Rutgers said goodbye to Andrew Turzilli and welcomed back Ruhann Peele in January, but there is more playing time up for grabs in camp. The need for playmakers became obvious against the top Big Ten teams in 2014, and that won’t change any time soon. Each receivers brings a different skill set, and at least one could contribute as a freshman. Blunt brings a physical style that also translates well to special teams and Harris was the top receiver on one of the top teams in the country at St. Thomas Aquinas.

In 2016 -- The Rutgers recruiting area is deep – very deep – when it comes to receiver. Rutgers told recruits that it wants three in its class and Mohamed Jabbie is already committed. That means names like Ahmir Mitchell, Brad Hawkins, Taysir Mack and Kelvin Harmon have limited space. Flood needs at least one impact receiver here in 2016.

Needs Addressed? -- Almost. Rutgers added bodies and talent to the wide receiver position, but there were also missed opportunities with some elite playmakers in the area like Juwan Johnson and Irvin Charles. The receivers Rutgers brought in have a nice mix of skills, but may not immediately supplement names like Leonte Carroo and Janarion Grant.


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