When the Knights were going to bowl games, a hallmark of the program was its defense.
Particularly, Rutgers got tremendous pressure from guys like Eric Foster, and before him Ryan Niell.
Later, it was players like George Johnson (pictured) providing pressure up front, and solid run-stopping.
This year, Scott Vallone, Alex Silvestro, and Charlie Noonan were supposed to provide the front line, but those guys were pushed around all year.
This year's recruiting class features several players with potential to play big up front.
Though it is unclear if either can make an immediate impact, Kenneth Kirksey and Djwany Mera highlight the group.
Kirksey is a guy with big time size at 6'1 290, and had offers from Miami (FL) and Arkansas. Mera is a 4-star recruit and could provide the badly needed pass-rusher Rutgers has missed since George Johnson graduated in 2009.
The class of DTs is rounded out by Al Page of the Bronx, and Daryl Stephenson. Another defensive end, Kyle George chose R.U. over West Virginia.