Signing Day Rewind: Scouting the Offense

Madison RB Justin Goodwin

Rutgers added 17 scholarship players on National Signing Day, addressing the majority of its positional needs. The Scarlet Knights signed eight players projected on the offensive side of the ball and ScarletReport.com is here to break down the lot.

To get more familiar with the eight additions for the Rutgers offense, ScarletReport.com compiled scouting reports from publisher Sam Hellman, Northeast recruiting analyst Brian Dohn and others with on-hand scouting experience of the prospects.

Player names are followed by their school -- height/weight.


RB Justin Goodwin

Madison (N.J.) – 5-11/185

Dohn: "Goodwin has speed and is a straight-ahead runner, but he doesn't have a ton of wiggle. He can also play safety, but he will start out as a running back. He could also make a mark in his career on special teams."

Hellman: "This addition has Joe Martinek written all over it. Not in terms of skill set, but Goodwin is another Group 1 kid with a phenomenal high school career. Whatever position he ends up playing, look for Goodwin to find a way to make plays a la Martinek."


WR Andre Patton

St. Elizabeth's (Wilmington, Del.) – 6-4/180

Dohn: "Playing in Delaware kept Patton's offers down, but he has soft hands, runs well and is 6-foot-4. He needs to add strength, but he has the size and skill set to get down the field and be a factor over the middle. He also has exceptional feet."

Hellman: "Patton fits the mold of a tradition Rutgers impact receiver, but he has a lot of young competition ahead of him."


WR John Tsimis

Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.) – 5-10/180

Dohn: "The impact of missing a senior season with a torn ACL is tough to gauge, but Tsimis has exceptional hands, runs excellent routes and played well in big games. The question is whether he has the ability to gain separation on tight routes in college."

Hellman: "Unlike Patton, Tsimis is a long way from the tradition Division I receiver recruit. Tearing his ACL before his senior year, it has been a long time since he played competitive football, but his junior film is incredible. Tsimis runs crisp routes and has some of the best hands at his position, but size and athleticism are question marks."


TE Taylor Marini

Lake Mary (Fla.) – 6-3/255

Dohn: "Lake Mary High was a run-first team, which speaks well to Marini's blocking. He can get in front of players and square his body and drive them back. He needs to be more succinct in his route running, but he has good hands and can get down the field."

Hellman: "Kyle Flood called Marini the next Sam Johnson, which is a heck of a compliment in Rutgers circles. Size kept Marini from exploding onto the scene as a recruit, but growing to 6-foot-3, 255 could put him in place for early playing time at a position of need."


OL Dorian Miller

Metuchen (N.J.) – 6-3/310

Dohn: "Miller brings versatility to the interior of Rutgers' offensive line. He can play guard or center, and is explosive and powerful. He will have to reshape his body a little bit, but he can be a three-year starter after red-shirting as a freshman."

Hellman: "If you're only going to take one offensive lineman in a class, Miller is the kind of prospect you want. He can play guard or center at a high level and mauls people in the running game. In a run-heavy Metuchen offense, it may take Miller some time to pick up the footwork and details of pass-blocking."


WR Janarion Grant

Pasco (Fla.) – 5-11/180

Dohn: "He can play receiver, running back and cornerback, but he will head to Rutgers as a receiver. He is explosive and has very good acceleration, but his top-end speed needs work. He isn't the biggest, but at 5-foot-11, 180 pounds, he does have the frame to play as a freshman if he can pick things up quickly."

Hellman: "Grant did not get the attention he deserved during the recruiting process. He's technically set to be a receiver for Rutgers, but look for him to fill a Devin Hester type role as a do-it-all player on special teams that could fit into multiple skill positions from the line of scrimmage."


TE Nick Arcidiacono

Archbishop Wood (Warminster, Pa.) – 6-4/245

Dohn: "Versatility is key, and Arcidiacono has it. He played middle linebacker and tight end as a senior, and was recruited to play tight end at Rutgers. He has a nice frame and runs well. He is also an aggressive blocker who plays with a low pad level. If tight end doesn't work out, though, he could be a very good defensive end."

Hellman: "Arcidiacono sold me with his senior film. He brings solid explosion off the line of scrimmage and will be a strong blocker in an h-back role. He comes from a family of Division I athletes and could see the field before his older brother based on depth."


FB Devan Carter:

Brighton (Rochester, N.Y.) – 6-2/215

Dohn: "Carter is what Rutgers fans have been asking for lately, and that is a scholarship kid recruited to play fullback. He has the size and can run between the tackles as a running back, and could be used well in short yardage, and will give the Scarlet Knights versatility in the fullback role."

Hellman: "Carter is a good prospect, but what makes this a special addition is that it shows Kyle Flood will take risks to address needs. Fullback isn't normally a scholarship position at Rutgers, but Flood said depth was a big concern and adding Carter boosts the backfield."

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