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T.J. Taylor commits to Rutgers

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.

Jevon Tyree gets his offer

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.

Ian Thomas signs with Rutgers

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.

So, about recruiting

Mike Vorkunov has the broad overview up. Here are a few other links of interest: Bosco Bergen County Central Jersey Philly PA Update: Quanzell Lambert may wait to sign a LOI.

Ryan Brodie is a Scarlet Knight

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.

J.J. Denman switches to Rutgers from Wisconsin

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.

Derrick Nelson verbally commits to Rutgers

After years of recruiting misfires up front, the Rutgers football program is a Ryan Brodie away from landing its dream 2012 offensive line class. The Scarlet Knights always seem to sign one player out of D.C./MD/VA every year, and that quota has been met with Archbishop Carroll guard Derrick Nelson. So much for waiting. RU fans have to be elated to see another good linemen ready to wear Scarlet. It took a while, but expect last year's team weakness to develop again into a strength over the coming years now that Rutgers is successfully recruiting highly-recruited linemen again.

Ruhann Peele is first on the board

Yesteday Linden receiver Ruhann Peele became the first '12 prospect to offer a non-binding commitment to Rutgers. 2012 is looking like another banner in-state crop, and Peele is one of several extremely skilled receivers available. He is a blue chip talent, and probably was on the cusp of emerging as an elite prospect.

Rutgers closes off Signing Day with Kaleb Johnson

For a moment there, it looked like the Rutgers football program was only going to finish off its 2011 recruiting class with two offensive linemen (a freshman tackle and JUCO center respectively). There's always the likely prospect of moving over a defensive line prospect, but no one had to be comfortable after Rutgers saw decommits from Marquis Lucas and highly-touted Josue Matias over the past week. Now there is a little more room for relief. Today Rutgers missed out on junior college tackle Fou Fonoti (who chose MSU), but topped Miami, Louisville, and North Carolina for Florida lineman Kaleb Johnson. For a while things were not looking good with Johnson's recruitment; schools like Miami were showing more interested, and his former high school teammate Casey Turner transferred to Florida A&M. Rutgers fans will savor another Greg Schiano recruiting victory over Al Golden, and have to be even happier about landing another offensive lineman. OL recruiting has been a bit of a sore spot over the past few years. Johnson, Keith Lumpkin, and possibly Marquis Wright should go a long way towards redressing that need in the future. None are likely to play in the near future (Hendrikson will be thrown into the fire from day one), but this position group more than any will be vital to the team's success in two-to-four years.

Marquise Wright commits to Rutgers

Paramus Catholic DT Marquise Wright was expected to verbal to Rutgers tomorrow, but has changed course and instead gone public the night before signing day. A little positive momentum to help sway any prospects still on the fence (Lafayette Pitts, Delvon Simmons, Kaleb Johnson, and Fou Fonoti) would be nice. Wright had a productive senior season, is highly-rated and has a lot of offers, and Rutgers doesn't have a lot returning up front. On the other hand, Rutgers did not initially offer Wright, not getting involved in his recruitment until several weeks ago. Many similar DTs have not panned out here, as Greg Schiano's defenses usually emphasize speed, agility, and athleticism even for interior linemen. Taking that into account, and the team's need for offensive linemen in the recruiting class (having only Keith Lumpkin and JUCO Dallas Hendrikson on board), Wright would make a lot of sense moving to guard. Good defensive tackles are hard to find, but one reason that is the case is because they have an extremely high bust rate. Switching defensive linemen to offense is fairly common (read up on Jimmy Johnson's Miami teams some time), and that seems like a reasonable assumption here.

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