12. Rutgers Scarlet Knights
5* players: 0
4* players: 1
3* players: 21
Once again the Scarlet Knights had an opportunity to do some major damage on the recruiting trail, and once again they got nearly picked apart by other schools around the country. Kyle Flood did a better job this season than last in keeping his class together, but it still is disappointing that he can’t keep more players in New Jersey.
Not a single player from the top 10 in the state of New Jersey signed with the Scarlet Knights, yet Penn State came in and cleaned up. That kind of losing on the recruiting trail can turn in to losing a lot of games on the football field real quick.
On the positive side, Rutgers managed to go in to Florida and pull a 4-star defensive end in Marques Ford. He’s the linchpin of the class and by far the most college-ready player. I also happened to really like the emphasis on getting bigger and faster on the defensive side of the football. Half of the 24 players are on the defensive side of the football, and while it may take some time, Flood is at least willing to realize the issue and do something about it.