The college football regular season is wrapping up quickly and the focus will soon turn to recruiting. The NEW college football early signing day on December 20th will clearly change how coaching staffs approach their recruiting class. Teams will quickly fill up their class while a handful of players will wait until February. Here is a look at where Rutgers currently stands and the players that could end up on the Banks.
The current verbal commitment list for the 2018 class includes (projected positions) three offensive linemen, three wide receivers, three corner backs, two safeties, two running backs, two quarterbacks, two defensive ends, one linebacker and one punter. In addition to the three wide receivers listed above, 2017 verbal commit and three-star wide receiver Eddie Lewis is still projected to be at Rutgers come January, following a semester at Milford Academy.
|Artur Sitkowski||QB||Bradenton, FL||6’5″||205||4|
|Zihir Lacewell||ATH||Staten Island, NY||6’3″||195||3|
|Travon King||ATH||Camden, NJ||6’4″||205||3|
|Isaih Pacheco||RB||Vineland, NJ||5’11”||190||3|
|Jarrett Paul||DB||Paramus, NJ||6’1″||192||3|
|Matthew Thomas||DE||Brooklyn, NY||6’3″||236||3|
|Raiqwon O’Neal||OL||Conway, SC||6’5″||260||3|
|Stevie Scott||RB||Syracuse, NY||6’1″||240||3|
|Paul Woods||WR||Amherst, NY||6’1″||165||3|
|Avery Young||DB||Coatesville, PA||6’0″||185||3|
|Reggie Sutton||OL||Towson, MD||6’4″||270||3|
|Zamir Mickens||DB||Jersey City, NJ||6’0″||190||3|
|Matt Rosso||OL||Fairless Hills, PA||6’6″||270||3|
|Jayden McDonald||LB||Suwanee, GA||6’1″||210||3|
|Jalen Chatman||QB||Harbor City, CA||6’1″||180||3|
|Christian Izien||WR||Brooklyn, NY||5’10”||182||2|
|Kessawn Abraham||ATH||Brooklyn, NY||5’10”||170||2|
|Adam Korsak||K||Melbourne, Austraila||6’2″||190||2|
|Deion Jennings||DB||Sicklerville, NJ||6’1″||190||2|
Artur Sitkowski is the top recruit in the class and a big-time national recruit. The rest of the class is made up of mostly three-star recruits from the tri-state area. Ash has done a great job recruiting players with position flexibility. Many of the players listed can play multiple positions and should provide depth across the board.
The one glaring hole that needs to be addressed is at defensive tackle. It’s probably the hardest position to recruit, especially in a league like the Big Ten where the line play is so important. Rutgers will most likely use their final 3-4 spots add to the defensive line. Here are a few of the players they are focusing on.
Mimes is a tall, athletic 6’5” 235lb defensive end from Long Branch, NJ. He is also the brother of Shilique Calhoun, who stared at Michigan State and is currently on the Oakland Raiders. Mimes has an explosive first step, quickness and athletic ability to get to the quarterback. With Kemoko Turay graduating and the lack of pass rushers currently at Rutgers, Mimes could see plenty of playing time early in his career.
Banks, another New Jersey player, has the size to compete for early playing time as a freshman. At 6’4” 280lbs, Banks projects to be an offensive guard or defensive tackle. He decommitted from Boston College back in September and Rutgers immediately became one of his leaders. Doesn’t Kris Banks on the Banks have a nice ring?
Friday is a big-time New Jersey defensive end recruit and has offers from many of the top programs in the country. Rutgers appeared to be positioned very well with Friday, but he recently did not include the Scarlet Knights in his top five. He did mention that Rutgers is still in the mix for his services. Friday is an athletic and powerful player that projects on the defensive line. He has the strength to bull rush and the technique to beat his man. Rutgers is a long shot at this point, but keep an eye on how the last few weeks of his recruitment progress.
Rutgers fans know the Turay name very well. Lance is the younger brother of Kemoko Turay and there is a major resemblance at 6’6” 240 lbs. Turay projects at defensive end but also has the potential to play on the offensive line. The recruitment of Turay has been up and down and quite hard to follow. It’s a bit of a mystery where Rutgers stands, so with a limited amount of scholarships available, this one may come down to signing day.