Recruiting Reset: Defensive End

With the spring evaluation period over and Rutgers hosting an array of camps later this month, ScarletReport.com figured what better time to break down the recruiting process than now? As the second part of our "Recruiting Reset" feature, ScarletReport.com looks at the defensive ends on Rutgers' board. From Ishaq Williams to Connor Wujciak, the defensive end recruiting is covered here.

Speed around the edge is enormous to any defense, and even more so with the attacking style Rutgers plays. Find a dominant defensive end, and the chances to have a dominating defense multiply exponentially.

So, as Rutgers looks to sign a defensive end or two in the 2011 class, it stands to reason the Scarlet Knights cast a large, wide net into the defensive end recruiting pool.

But in the recruitment of an impact, athletic defensive end comes the added twist of the hybrid position, a defensive end who has the ability to drop into coverage.

Rutgers views many of its defensive end recruits in that way, including Woodbridge (N.J.) High star Max Issaka, who has the Scarlet Knights high on his list.

A four-star defensive end Rutgers remains involved with is Lincoln High's (Brooklyn, N.Y) Ishaq Williams, who told ScarletReport.com last month he would visit Rutgers this summer.

Fort Meade (Fla.) High's Brandon Fulse, who is being recruited as a tight end and defensive end, said he may visit Rutgers this month.

Fort Pierce (Fla.) Central four-star athlete Giorgio Newberry is camping at Rutgers later this month, and he prefers defensive end. However, plenty of schools are also recruiting him to play offensive line.

If Rutgers makes a big push to allow him to play defensive end, it may be able to be a surprise winner in his recruitment.

Giovanni Francois of Southeast High (Bradenton, Fla.) holds a Rutgers offer and remains a possibility, as does Deion Green of Edgewater High (Orlando, Fla.), but Rutgers is really recruiting a few players closer to campus with fervor.

The Scarlet Knights recently hosted Willingboro (N.J.) High's Kyle George on an unofficial visit, and after receiving an offer he said he likes the Scarlet Knights.

Seton Hall Prep's (West Orange, N.J.) Connor Wujciak was on campus two weeks ago when Rutgers hosted a barbecue for recruits. Although his recruitment remains somewhat of an enigma, the Scarlet Knights are a viable option because of the relationship established between the coaching staff and Wujciak.

Stone Bridge High (Ashburn, Va.) received a spring offer from the Scarlet Knights, but trying to pull him from the University of Virginia or Stanford could prove difficult.

Also high on the list is Middletown (N.J.) North High's Shilique Calhoun, who was on campus two weeks ago and will return for a camp. But there are questions as to whether Calhoun will play tight end or defensive end in college, although the Scarlet Knights like him on defense.

Manchester Regional High's (Haledon, N.J.) Taques Franklin exploded onto the recruiting scene in the spring, and Rutgers was quick to offer. However, he has shown little interest in visiting Rutgers, and the Scarlet Knights have cooled on him as well.

Another long shot but one worth keeping an eye on is Jordan Kerner of Fairview (Pa.) High. His recruitment has been quiet, and it would be a coup to get him out of western Pennsylvania.

There will also be others who pick up offers from the Scarlet Knights out of camps and with strong play during their senior seasons, and one to keep an eye on is Penn Wood High's (Landsdowne, Pa.) Shawn Oakman, although at 6-foot-9 he could be better suited for offensive tackle.


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