RUTGERS SCARLET KNIGHTS
2011 signees: 24
Top prospects: Savon Huggins is the No. 4 running back in this class, according to ESPN.com, and averaged nearly 11 yards per carry last season. Al Page is a 290-pounder who can play on either side of the line. Miles Shuler was one of the fastest players in New Jersey and can be used in a variety of ways.
Needs met: As Rutgers proved last year with its brutal offense, it needs playmakers, especially in the running game. Huggins should help that right away. The Scarlet Knights also needed help for a battered offensive line and got that in junior college center Dallas Hendrickson and prospects Kaleb Wright and Keith Lumpkin, the latter of whom blocked for Huggins in high school. Greg Schiano also filled some holes on the defensive front and got a backup quarterback, at least, in Gary Nova.
Analysis: This has all the makings of a standout class. Schiano kept some of the top prospects in New Jersey, and Huggins was a home run. This group answers a lot of concerns and could have the star power to help the Scarlet Knights finally get to the next level.
What Schiano said: “I am thrilled about the young men that we are bringing here. I always say ask me how this class is a couple years from now, maybe three, but I know that I love the people we are bringing here, the people, the character and that I think we have a pretty good handle on and we are excited about the addition to our family these guys will be.”
Scouts Inc. grade: B-minus