Illinois is the biggest offer so far for Pat Bartlett. Speaking of big, Bartlett brings series size to the position but how does he fit into a spread offense that needs quicker and more mobile linemen? Bartlett visited Rutgers for both junior days and camps this semester. Offensive line coach AJ Blazek told him that spring evaluation and camp performance were key to a scholarship offer, and he will be there June 18. Bartlett protected South Carolina quarterback Brandon McIlwain's blindside as a junior and looks forward to a strong senior season.
Most recently on campus for the spring game, Eli Fields could earn an offer with a strong camp showing. Rutgers has two tackles that fit the system perfectly, but will add at least two more linemen in its 2017 recruiting class. Fields' recruitment has been under the radar so far, but expect that to change when he puts himself in front of college coaches this month.
Since Dan Dawkins shifted his focus from defensive to offensive line, college interest heated up. Temple was the first offer for the 2018 big man, but Boston College and Old Dominion are also involved. Dawkins visited Rutgers for its first winter junior day. He returned to campus for practice in spring and hopes to camp next month. Dawkins showcased power as a defensive lineman at last year's Rutgers camp, and originally hails from Staten Island. Dawkins also plays defensive tackle and Rutgers has a need there as well.
Older brother Nixon Provillon has one of the cooler backstories at Rutgers right now, and Jasiah provillon would love to follow suit. Nixon Provillon went from team video technician to wide receiver in the offseason. Younger brother also brings an exciting frame and skills to the table. Should the 2018 receiver showcase his skills, he could be an offer candidate similarly to Ronnie James who earned an offer after older brother Paul James succeeded as a walk-on.
Rutgers has an excellent power back committed in Jonathan Taylor and multiple between-the-tackles weapons on the radar. The Scarlet Knights were recently in New York to see Ramon Jefferson, who could be an excellent fit as an athlete in a slotback role. If Jefferson shows the same athletic spark in camp that he did on tape, then Rutgers may want to move on him as an athlete.