Other Cornerback Options for Rutgers

Rutgers already has two new cornerbacks to replace Darian Dailey and, likely, Nadir Barnwell but needs even more heading into the second Big Ten season. Scarlet Report looks at other options for the position, which returns just Blessuan Austin, Dre Boggs and Isaiah Wharton from its spring scholarship rotation.

Down Darian Dailey and likely without Nadir Barnwell for the upcoming season, Rutgers coach Kyle Flood enters training camp significantly thinner than expected at cornerback.

Rutgers acted swiftly last week when junior Ruhann Peele returned to cornerback for offseason workouts. Scarlet Report now looks at other options for training camp with only three cornerbacks returning from spring practice.


Position Change Options

Safety Anthony Cioffi - The Cioffi move to safety looked like a smart one in spring camp, but the need may now be greater at his former position. Cioffi is a proven playmaker, but there is a reason he moved away from cornerback in the first place.

Safety Delon Stephenson -- If Rutgers finds a comparable option – perhaps Cioffi – at free safety as a starter, Stephenson may see more work at cornerback. He already works at the position in sub-packages. A few more opportunities would not hurt.

Running back Justin Goodwin -- Goodwin bounced back in spring camp. He took advantage of the extra opportunities injuries provided him, and could be an interesting weapon for Ben McDaniels’ arsenal. But with Paul James on the mend, two superstar sophomore backs and a healthy Desmon Peoples, is Goodwin better suited at cornerback? He adjusted as well as can be expected in limited work last season. Goodwin is experienced enough to work both spots in camp, and is a team player that would likely embrace the opportunity.


Fresh Face Options

Palm Beach Gardens (Fla.) Dwyer three-star Jarius Adams -- A one-time longshot for playing time, Adams is now in a great position. Already enrolled at Rutgers, he picked the Scarlet Knights over Michigan on National Signing Day. Adams is raw, athletic and brings the kind of Florida swagger required for an early impact. Spring enrollment Blessuan Austin leads the freshmen in a race for playing time, but Adams is not far behind.

Glassboro (N.J.) three-star Ronnie James -- James brings excellent versatility, which could get him on the field quickly. James fits well what Rutgers does on special teams. He plays at a position of need. He is a good athlete, and knows what it takes with plenty of advice from older brother Paul James. The jump from Group 1 football to the Big Ten, however, is quite the adjustment.


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