The 2018 Rutgers Recruiting Class. The basic overview of the class, the relative strength, what you need to know if you don’t care about recruiting, the star, and the depth chart hole going into the season.
Classes and rankings to be updated and adjusted on National Signing Day, Wednesday, February 7
Rutgers Recruiting Class Overview
Like every Rutgers coach tries to do, Chris Ash is trying to keep the top players at home. He didn’t necessarily do that, but 15 of the so far 22 recruits are from New Jersey, New York, Maryland and Pennsylvania, with little national flavor to the class.
There might not be any sure-thing superstars, but it’s a good enough group to expect more right away for the passing game that finished 126th in the nation in passing efficiency. They have two quarterbacks – Jalen Chatman and Artur Sitkowski – coming in, along with three big receivers after signing five last year.
The Scarlet Knights are apparently tired of not being able to stop anyone’s passing game, too, because …
The Rutgers Class Is Heavy On (so far) …
The Scarlet Knights signed on six defensive backs and a few other prospects who could be converted on the other side of the ball if needed. The pass defense actually wasn’t all that bad last year, but the secondary is getting a whole lot of help to make the D a whole lot deeper.
It’s a big group with a few – like 6-4, 220-pound Malik Dixon – with the ability to potentially move somewhere else. There are plenty of nice options.
The Star of the Rutgers Class Is …
WR/DB Daevon Robinson, 6-4, 205
There’s an outside shot he could be moved to safety, or bulked up to be a tight end, but he’s a big wide receiver with No. 1 potential. Baylor, NC State, and Virginia Tech are just a few of the programs that wanted him, but he might just be the team’s main man in a deep class of receivers.
The Rutgers Biggest 2018 Depth Chart Hole Is …
There’s enough returning experience on both sides of the ball to not have too many massive concerns, but the kicking game might be a problem with P Ryan Anderson done after averaging 44.4 yards per kick, and Andrew Harte finished after hitting 7-of-10 field goals. Coming in is Adam Korsak out of Australia to push for at least one of the open gigs.