Much respect must be given to the coaching staff of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights for being able to keep everyone on board even after their head coach, Greg Schiano left to coach the Tampa Bay Buccaneers a week before signing day. Not only were they able to keep everyone in the fold, but they were able to land some of the guys they were targeting even after Schiano left.
First, and most importantly, was the commitment from the top player in the state of New Jersey, defensive end Darius Hamilton. Hamilton had probably made up his mind for Rutgers before the Schiano news, but for the staff to still land the 6’4”, 245 lber is unbelievable. Hamilton is truly a talented player, and the top rated Rutgers commitment.
The Scarlet Knights were also able to fill up at a position of need in the offensive line. The Knights desperately needed two offensive tackles, and they got two very good ones in Pennsylvania Tackles J.J. Denman and Chris Muller. Both kids were highly rated and highly regarded players. On top of that they landed a pair of other top offensive lineman in New Jersey’s Ryan Brodie, and Pennsylvania’s Brandon Arcidiacano.
The Knights other big time need was to land a quarterback. They did that nicely by adding Bloomsburg’s Blake Rankin. The 6’4”, 190 lbs signal caller is a true talent, and is the best high school quarterback to go to Rutgers since Tom Savage in the class of ’09.
The Knights landed commitments for some other top prospects as well such as New Jersey linebacker Quanzell Lambert and wide receiver Leonte Carroo, as well as Pennsylvania running back Desmon Peoples.
Top Recruit:Darius Hamilton