The belief is cornerback is the toughest spot to play, athletically, on the field, so might as well give guys the opportunity to show they can handle it.
That shows in the Scarlet Knights' recruiting, where more cornerbacks have been offered and are in play than safeties. In fact, Rutgers has offers out to only a trio of safeties not committed to other schools.
Meanwhile, Rutgers is involved with a number of cornerbacks, including a quartet showing the Scarlet Knights plenty of interest back.
Rutgers is looking to add a few players to the secondary in the class of 2011, and one long-standing target at cornerback is Terrell Chestnut of Pottsgrove High (Pottstown, Pa.), who has been a regular visitor to New Jersey in the last few months. Chestnutt is Scout.com's No. 17-ranked cornerback in the 2011 class, although some schools may play him at safety.
Another highly cornerback is East Stroudsburg (Pa.) High's Kyshoen Jarrett, who is ranked No. 16 by Scout.com. He doesn't hold a Rutgers offer, and likely won't get one unless he comes to camp next week and runs better than the 4.8 he put up at the camp last year.
But Jarrett's offer list is pretty impressive, with Penn State, Pittsburgh, Wisconsin and Stanford extending ones. Jarrett originally planned to camp at Rutgers, but a scheduling conflict with his high school could keep Jarrett from attending.
Currently, Jarrett plans to travel to Rutgers to be times in the 40-yard dash, and then leave with an offer.
Rutgers is also doing well with recent offeree Johnathan Aiken of Chaminade Maddona (Hollywood, Fla.), who is trying to camp next week. Alex Dixon of Countryside (Clearwater, Fla.) and Terrell Floyd of Port St. Lucie (Fla.) High also remain targets of the Scarlet Knights, with Floyd planning a camp visit.
Rutgers also has an offer out to Dallas Crawford of South Fort Myers (Fla.) High, but Crawford's interest in the Scarlet Knights is lukewarm while Bayside High (Virginia Beach, Va.) product Demetrious Nicholson said he is focusing on other schools.
At safety, the Scarlet Knights have an offer out to Sheldon Royster of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.), but he could also be recruited as a running back if the Scarlet Knights fail to land one of their top choices there.
Nico Law of Bishop McNamara (Forestville, Md.) is high on Rutgers and could join former high school teammate Brandon Coleman in Piscataway, N.J., if pressed by the Scarlet Knights' staff.
Another player to watch is Vero Beach (Fla.) High's Larry Franklin, who should receive an offer if he performs as expected at Rutgers' camp next week. Franklin's recruitment intensified during the spring, and Rutgers is one of the schools going after him the hardest.
Corian Hamilton of Olympia High (Orlando, Fla.) recently gave his top four schools, and Rutgers was not in it.