Recruiting Reset: Offensive Line

ScarletReport.com concludes its "Recruiting Reset" series by looking at the offensive linemen Rutgers is recruiting. The Scarlet Knights already hold one commitment from an offensive lineman, but are looking to add a few more for the 2011 class. Who is in contention, and are the most realistic options. Come inside and see what is going on with recruiting along the offensive line.

No position is more intriguing when it comes to Rutgers' class of 2011 recruiting than the offensive line, where the Scarlet Knights are in the running for a number of marquee players.

The Scarlet Knights already received a commitment from Miami Central High's Marquis Lucas, who returned home from Rutgers camp to find an Auburn offer waiting at his home and the pledged to coach Greg Schiano a few days later.

The next big day for the offensive line recruiting is July 25, which is when Roxbury High (Succasunna, N.J.) four-star guard Angelo Mangiro announces whether he is going to Pittsburgh, Rutgers, Ohio State or childhood favorite Penn State.

In the dream mode, Rutgers could land the nation's top-rated offensive tackle Cyrus Kouandjio of DeMatha Catholic (Hyattsville, Md.). He recently told ScarletReport.com he would visit the campus this month.

However, there are more likely candidates to round out the recruiting class, and two of the top candidates are Josue Matias of Union (N.J.) and Kaleb Johnson of Ed White High (Jacksonville, Fla.).

Matias remains a hot target, has visited Rutgers and Maryland, but his familiarity and comfort level with the Scarlet Knights far surpasses the other schools recruiting him.

Johnson holds 17 offers, but his recent camp stint at Rutgers left a favorable impression. His former teammate, running back Casey Turner, is a freshman at Rutgers and the Ed White staff has a strong relationship with the Scarlet Knights staff.

Four-star offensive tackle Donovan Smith of Owings Mills (Md.) High will cut his list at the end of the summer, and is fond of Rutgers. He also has family in-state, which could help the Scarlet Knights' cause.

Keith Lumpkin of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.) recently trimmed his list to 10 schools, and while Rutgers is on it, there are strong rumblings he will head out of state.

More on the outside at this point are Dover (Del.) High's Trip Thurman, whose visit to Rutgers last month went well and put the Scarlet Knights back in his recruitment, Plant High (Tampa) product Tony Posada and Lake Gibson High's (Lakeland, Fla.) Errin Joe.

Two other interesting targets are Brandon Clemons of Delaware Valley High (Milford, Pa.) and Terry Bell of Tenoroc High (Lakeland). Both are being recruited to play either defensive tackle or offensive line.

With Rutgers already possessing commitments from defensive tackles Al Page and Daryl Stephenson, Bell and Clemons are candidates to be offensive lineman if Rutgers decides it doesn't want to take any more defensive linemen.


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