Recruiting Reset: Linebackers

Branden Jackson

The available scholarships filled up quickly at the linebacker position for Rutgers in the 2011 class. With Andrew Campolattano, Kevin Snyder and Quentin Gause already committed, where does that leave the Scarlet Knights' recruiting when it comes to other linebackers on their board? Will Rutgers take more, or does it have enough? Find out by going inside.

Rutgers' defensive front seven is filling up quickly.

Between commitments from linebacker and defensive linemen, six of the Scarlet Knights' eight commitments for the class of 2011 reside in the front seven.

So, don't look for a lot of activity in the in the linebacker unit the rest of the way unless Rutgers can come up with the must-take, elite level talent a program cannot pass up.

The Scarlet Knights already hold commitments from four-star Bishop Kearney High (Rochester, N.Y.) outside linebacker Quentin Gause and Cumberland Valley High (Mechanicsburg, Pa.) outside linebacker Kevin Snyder.

Add in Bound Brook (N.J.) High middle linebacker Andrew Campolattano, and the linebacker position is nearly full for the 2011 recruiting class.

However, even after Willingboro (N.J.) High's Kyle George committed as a defensive end who could play a hybrid position, there is room for another if Rutgers view the individual's talent as worthy.

Obviously, if a player the caliber of Curt Maggitt of Dwyer High (Palm Beach, Fla.) wanted to commit, the Scarlet Knights would take it because of the athleticism and size he brings.

The Scarlet Knights will continue to recruit Ramik Wilson of Jefferson High (Tampa) and Branden Jackson of McKeeport (Pa.) High because both can be dynamic players who bring the ability to rush the passer with an ability to play in space.

Dillard High (Fort Lauderdale, Fla.) outside linebacker Daerius Washington will remain on Rutgers' radar because of his speed, and because there is intrigue on whether he can play safety in college. Washington said he is coming to Rutgers' camp next week with the idea of earning a written offer.

Nick Menocal of Belen Jesuit (Miami) was also being recruited hard by the Scarlet Knights, but he is considered a heavy lean toward Miami.

When it comes to middle linebackers, Rutgers' top target was always Campolattano, and its confidence in being able to land him showed in the few offers the Scarlet Knights sent out to other middle linebackers.

Stanford commit Anthony Sarao of Holy Spirit of Absecon, N.J., never got involved in Rutgers, other than to attend Junior Day. Corey Majors of Neshaminy High (Langhorne, Pa.) remains an intriguing target, but a few things will have to take place off the field before he receives an offer from the Scarlet Knights.

Also, the Scarlet Knights remain involved with North Point High (Waldorf, Md.) middle linebacker Connor Cromwell, who picked up a Rutgers offer in the spring. Cromwell recently said he plans to visit Rutgers this summer.

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