Five Rutgers Campers to Watch: Defense

Camp offers are a crucial part of recruiting, and with a half-dozen on-campus opportunities in June, Rutgers coach Chris Ash wants to build the strongest class possible. Looking at 2017 and 2018, Scarlet Report breaks down five campers to watch on the defensive side of the ball.

http://www.scout.com/player/205619-jermaine-wilder?s=183

Rutgers has its eyes on Wilder, the the 6-foot-1 safety is high on the home-state school. Wilder recently picked up his third offer from Delaware State. He's a teammate of priority tackle target Carter Warren that fits what Rutgers wants in a safety. Wilder is aggressive and works hard. He built a relationship with safeties coach Bill Busch during spring visits and looks forward to proving himself, he said.

http://www.scout.com/player/206177-isaiah-watson?s=183

Position of need, the right school, good size, what's not to like? Rutgers lost out on one of its in-state linebacker targets this week with Paul Theobald and cannot afford to bank on Markquese Bell in the 2017 class. Although Rutgers signed four linebackers in 2016 but needs more at the retooled position with depth questions and what Chris Ash called “a mess” at the position after all three starters moved on to professional careers/

http://www.scout.com/player/207865-nazir-james?s=183

Piscataway was an important early stop for Ash and company after the December takeover and January transition. Rutgers moved quickly on Elorm Lumor and offered Linwood Crump but after that, James was one of the first on his radar. James visited campus for a spring practice and is in line to start for his third straight season at Piscataway.

http://www.scout.com/player/205883-kenny-bennett?s=183

Another athletic cornerback with good size, this Philly defensive back is on the radar and has early offers from Temple and Delaware State. He has a good frame for physicality at 6-foot-2, 195 but does he have the press-man skills needed for Ash's ideal defense? Camp is the perfect opportunity to showcase his skills.

http://www.scout.com/player/205519-marvin-pierre?s=183

Pierre is a teammate of receiver target Eddie Lewis with a Boston College offer and interest from Rutgers. He visited for one of the final practices of the spring season. Rutgers asked him back for camp, and Pierre has a real opportunity if he showcases himself well.


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