Let's face it: if there's a top football prospect out there in Middlesex or Somerset Counties, it's not news if he commits to Rutgers. It's news if Rutgers does not land those players.
That being said, T.J. Taylor looks like a good get as a safety who may grow into a linebacker in time. You can't control when players are ready to commit obviously, but Rutgers has a lot of multi-positional athlete types now, and you'd really like to see a few more linemen commits start trickling in. Yeah, they got more than their fill last year, but you can never really have enough capable bodies on both sides of the ball.
Finding a QB would be pretty big too.
Rutgers made a late run at trying to pull Kye Morgan (who would have committed in a heartbeat months ago if RU had been willing to take him) from UVA. Morgan decided to stick with UVA, so Rutgers in turn offered another late scholarship to Jevon Tyree from South Brunswick. Tyree, a cousin of David Tyree, and former South Brunswick star Mohamed Sanu, quickly jumped on the offer to fill out the defensive backfield depth in this year's class.
Rutgers already has three blue chip WRs signed for 2012 in Leonte Carroo, Ruhann Peele, and Carlton Agudosi. The last two aren't locks to qualify though, nor is athlete tweener Delon Stephenson. That could explain the decision to go after Thomas, who is a pretty good prospect in his own right. Either someone doesn't qualify, or Thomas and/or Stephenson end up on defense along with Davon Jacobs and Jevon Tyree.
The best offensive line class in school history is complete, with Ryan Brodie's commitment today securing the final piece of the puzzle. Brodie was long considered a heavy Rutgers lean due to his friendship with Miles Shuler, and now he is following in Shuler's footsteps by committing to the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers looks set on the offensive side of the ball. As far as remaining targets, DT Darius Hamilton is a must get. QB Devin Fuller is a luxury that would be really nice, as would another linebacker or defensive back if there's still room at the inn.
Cue the Gospel choir, because this sure is a happy day. Rutgers usually is on the wrong side of chicanery late in the recruiting calendar, but apparently not this year. Top Pennsylvania lineman J.J. Denman (also a former Penn State commit, and a Rutgers legacy) has made the call for Rutgers over Pitt and Wisconsin, helping to secure (FINALLY!) a top offensive line class for the Scarlet Knights.
Denman, along with the likely commit of Ryan Brodie from Long Branch, seemingly locks in the best incoming freshman offensive line class in school history. There's Denman, Brodie, Arch at center, Derrick Nelson at guard, and Denman's friend Chris Muller at the other tackle spot. So much for waivering for Michigan if he's convincing Denman to come here.
It'll be interesting to see which of Brodie, Denman, or Muller ends up inside, and which plays left and right tackle. Credit goes out here to all the recruits who chatted up Denman this weekend, along with the coaching staff for some excellent work. There are a few big names left on the board, and all the gurus seem to think that Rutgers should finish very well, so it's an exciting time.