National Signing Day 2011: Rutgers Headed Toward Top 25 Recruiting Class?

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 25, 2011

PISCATAWAY, NJ - NOVEMBER 12:  Head coach Greg Schiano of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights leads his team on the field to play against the South Florida Bulls at Rutgers Stadium on November 12, 2009 in Piscataway, New Jersey.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Rutgers fans have something to ease the burden of last year's disappointing football season. Head coach Greg Schiano and his staff are putting together quite the recruiting class for 2011.

Currently the class is ranked 32nd in the nation by and has the potential to bust into the Top 25 if a couple more big name players decide to enter The Banks.

Schiano has received 23 verbal commitments so far as the February 2nd National Signing Day approaches.

The class currently ranks as the best in the Big East. The closest Big East rival is Louisville, whose class is ranked 35th.

The biggest need for Rutgers is on the offensive line. The Scarlet Knights have been able to address that need. Four offensive linemen have committed to play for Rutgers next season, including one junior college transfer in center Dallas Hendrikson.

The Scarlet Knights will also be getting the services of two linemen that have been rated as 4-star athletes by, Josue Matias and Keith Lumpkin. Both Matias and Lumpkin are in-state recruits with the potential to become stars.

Joining Matias and Lumpkin as 4-star recruits are wide receiver Miles Shuler and cornerback Lafayette Pitts. Shuler, who played in the U.S. Army All-American Game, is one of the fastest players in the country. Pitts had originally committed to Pittsburgh but changed his mind after the coaching changes.

The Scarlet Knights also have commitments from 12 3-star prospects, one of which fills a big need at quarterback.

Since Tom Savage made his decision to transfer, Rutgers was left with just one quarterback that is healthy and has experience. Chas Dodd enters his sophomore season as the starter but will likely be pushed hard by incoming freshman Gary Nova. Nova comes from Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey, one of the nation's most successful high school programs.

See the rest of the 2011 recruiting class and who could commit soon and continue to the full article at Double G Sports.