Rutgers Recruiting: The Top 5 Offensive Prospects the Knights Are Targeting
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The Scarlet Knights may have been very successful in snagging 14 recruits to date, but none of them have higher than 3-star rating.
The top five offensive prospects in whom Rutgers has interest are:
Robert Foster (WR)
A 5-star prospect [Scout.com] from Central Valley High School in Monaca, Pa, Foster has 4.44 speed and has offers from no less than 14 schools (including Rutgers). Assessed by Scout.com as being "one of the most explosive players in the country," Foster is "literally a threat to score any time he touches the ball."
His size (6'2", 180 lbs) and speed make him a considerable "downfield threat," as characterized by the Scout.com evaluators. Foster's interest in Rutgers is assessed as "medium," and he has not made a visit to the campus. While that may sound lukewarm to many Rutgers fans, Foster has not visited any of the other 13 schools from which he has received offers, and his interest in all of those schools is also described as "medium."
Denver Kirkland (OG)
At 6'4" and 290 lbs, Scout.com rates Kirkland as "a versatile offensive lineman," who needs improvement with his pass protection skills. He is assessed as "a strong run blocker" whom Scout.com rates as a 4-star prospect.
The Miami native appears to have a high degree of interest in his local suitors, namely FSU, Miami (FL) and South Florida. Rutgers, who has had a good deal of success at recruiting in the state of Florida does not appear to legitimately be in the running for Kirkland, who has had offers from 13 schools so far.
Dorian Miller (OG)
With a high degree of interest in Rutgers, this 4-star [Scout.com] recruit has been courted by 18 schools from coast to coast. One advantage the Scarlet Knights have is that this 6'3", 285-lb offensive lineman is a local product from nearby Metuchen, NJ, which is less than 10 miles from Rutgers University. Tennessee, Virginia Tech and Penn State are three of the schools who have also expressed interest in Miller for 2013.
David Williams (RB)
A 4-star prospect [Scout.com] out of Philadelphia, Pa., the 6'1", 185-lb running back has 4.42 speed in the 40. His interest in Rutgers is described as "low," which may be due to his pursuit by 18 other schools besides the Scarlet Knights.
Rutgers has gone so far as to make an offer to Williams, but the fact that current Knights' running backs Savon Huggins and Jawan Jamison will both only be juniors in 2013, the Pennsylvania native may consider it to be difficult to get onto the field in Piscataway.
Beau Sandland (TE)
Currently a junior college player, Sandland stands 6'6" and runs the 40 in 4.6 seconds. With an offer in hand from Rutgers, this 4-star recruit [Scout.com] is projected as having "medium" interest in Coach Flood's program. Currently courted by 21 schools including LSU, Texas and Florida, Sandland has only visited one school to date. Reportedly, Sandland is scheduled to visit ASU this month.
With offers extended to all of these prospects, Rutgers can only wait for the decision of these talented recruits. While the success the program in recent years may be a lure to many prospects, it may well be that some players are skeptical if new head coach Kyle Flood can continue to carry the team forward in 2012.
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