Rutgers Football Crosses In-State Borders With 2011 Recruiting Class

Double G SportsCorrespondent IFebruary 3, 2011

NEW YORK - JUNE 15:  Head coach of the Rutgers University football team Greg Schiano waves to the crowd before throwing out the ceremonial first pitch before the the New York Yankees played the New York Mets at Yankee Stadium on June 15, 2007 in the Bronx borough of New York City.  (Photo by Jim McIsaac/Getty Images)
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Every coach and fan remembers those special moments that help turn a struggling program around—yesterday may very well turn out to be one of those moments for the Rutgers University football program.

The Scarlet Knights have been mired in mediocrity for the last few seasons, falling a long way since their peak during the 2006 season when they reached as high as No. 6 in the BCS standings. 

Now, the program is in need of an additional lift, something to get the fan base excited again and something that will get the state of New Jersey to once again give Rutgers football its full attention.

Yesterday was National Signing Day! In the future, when people think of Rutgers football and the moments that pushed this program to the next level, February 2, 2011 may be one of those days.

The argument can be made that the 2011 recruiting class is the best in the history of Rutgers football. The talent level being brought in is tremendous. There is no limit to the potential of this group.

Schiano was able to secure commitments from some of the state's top players, while also filling team needs. This is something Schiano and his staff have struggled with in recent years.

They now have a QB that at least looks the part, in Gary Nova, a top-tier running back in Savon Huggins, a few big-time defensive linemen, and they have added some much needed help for the offensive line.

This group certainly has the potential to improve the performance on the field for Rutgers, but the impact could go much deeper than that.

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