Recruiting Reset: Running Backs

Rutgers is heavily involved with some of the top running backs in the area, which is putting the Scarlet Knights in a good position. However, it could also be a complex situation. As returns to its "Recruiting Reset" series, we take a look at the running back situation. Go inside and see what it happening with Rutgers' recruitment of running backs.

As Rutgers' recruiting class takes shape and begins to fill up, an interesting situation is developing in regards to the running backs.

Rutgers has a pair of commitments – Neptune (N.J.) High's Charles Davis and Cocoa (Fla.) High's Chevelle Buie -- from players projected as running backs, but the Scarlet Knights recruited them to play other positions.

It means, as of now, the Scarlet Knights are still in the market to take a pair of running backs in the 2011 class, and there is no shortage of interest from highly sought after prospects.

But also puts the Scarlet Knights in a potentially complex position.

St. Peter's Prep (N.J.) five-star prospect Savon Huggins holds more than 50 offers, and he has Rutgers in his top 10. He is a regular visitor to campus, talks frequently with the coaching staff, including coach Greg Schiano, and the Scarlet Knights have an outstanding chance at landing him.

Meanwhile, four-star running back Jameel Poteat of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) recently gave his top eight, and Rutgers is included in it. Poteat has spoken highly of Rutgers as well, and the Scarlet Knights are expected to be a finalist for him.

Whether Huggins and Poteat would choose the same school remains to be seen, but talk within recruiting circles is they are not likely to do so.

There is also Park Vista High (Lake Worth, Fla.) speedster Tre Mason, who runs a sub-4.40 in the 40-yard dash. Mason holds more than 20 offers, and continues to think highly of the Scarlet Knights.

Other running backs holding offers from Rutgers and who continue to remain high on the recruiting list are Edison Friendship Charter High (Washington, D.C.) three-star Malcolm Crockett and Absegami High (Abescon, N.J.) two-star Ben Martin, and if pushed, both could commit to the Scarlet Knights.

But Martin could also be a cornerback or safety, which adds an interesting twist to the process. However, what really complicates matters is the timing of everyone's decision.

Huggins plans on taking official visits, and may not decide until January, and Mason may wait until after the season.

Poteat said he wants to make a decision before the start of his senior season, Crockett told last week he could make a decision in the coming weeks, and Martin remains open as to when he will announce his choice.

Davis is an accomplished running back in high school and could play there instead of in the secondary, where he appears to be headed now.

Buie ran for 3,300 yards and 33 touchdowns as a sophomore and junior, but he was recruited to play slot receiver at Rutgers.

Rutgers should be able to land one or two of the running backs still on its board, but if not, there are other committed options within the class.

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