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2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Recruiting & National Signing Day Class Breakdown

The 2017 Rutgers Scarlet Knights Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the best area of strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.

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Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 1

Rutgers Scarlet Knights Recruiting Class Overview

It’s a really, really nice class to build for the future. Rutgers doesn’t go the JUCO route, but it needs more talent, more options, and more athletes across the board. That’s where this class comes in, getting several versatile players who can be moved to where the coaching staff needs someone who can run. Of course, Rutgers always gets guys from the New York/New Jersey area, but this year, head coach Chris Ash and company were able to lock down a few key relatively local players like Micah Clark for the offensive line and receiver Bo Melton. Ash can’t put a fence around the recruiting area, but he’s hitting the fertile ground hard.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Class Is Heavy On …

Offensive linemen. Clark is the best of the bunch, but he’s not alone. Keeping center Owen Bowles close to home was nice, and coming up with a few other good options in Samuel Vretman and Jamaal Beaty adds more punch and more options for down the road. If this class works, this will be the foundation in 2019.

The Star of the Rutgers Scarlet Knights Class Is …

OT Micah Clark, 6-5, 255, Holmdel, NJ – It’s going to take a few years to add at least 50 pounds of bulk, but once he matures and fills out his frame, he could be a cornerstone, franchise-making left tackle if this all works out. He’s a crushing run blocker at his size, and he can move, but in a few years he’ll have to show he can produce at a Big Ten weight.

The Rutgers Scarlet Knights Biggest 2017 Depth Chart Hole Is …

Defensive linemen. There might need to be better players at a variety of positions, but at least the experience will be there. On the defensive line, though, the Scarlet Knights lose anchor Darius Hamilton off the interior, while top pass rusher Julian Pinnix-Odrick is gone from one end. It’s not like the D was a killer with these two, and they’re not totally irreplaceable, but they were two of the good players on a bad D.