Rutgers football recruiting starting strong in New Jersey for 2014

Chuck Cook -US PRESSWIRE

With the looming move to the Big Ten, Rutgers looks to step up its football recruiting.

Rutgers football recruiting is off to a fast start with it 2014 class. The Scarlet Knights already have five commitments. And with the move to the Big Ten conference, they'll be looking to add a higher quality class than in recent years. Coach Kyle Flood really is in a good spot with this program, and his staff should be able to take advantage of this golden opportunity.

Commitments since National Signing Day: Sidney Gopre, Justin Nelson, Zack Heeman, Saquan Hampton

Decommitments since National Signing Day: None

Sidney Gopre, Newark (NJ) Weequahic High School: Gopre committed to Rutgers in early March. He plays both running back and linebacker for his school, but is probably a linebacker at the college level. Gopre is a consensus three-star recruit and stands 6'0 and 200 pounds. He chose Rutgers over an offer from Temple.

Josh Hicks, Palmetto (FL) High School: Hicks is a smaller back at 5'10 and 180 pounds who should be a threat in the passing game as well. He's productive for Palmetto High, and also claims an offer from Miami. Hicks is a consensus three-star recruit.

Justin Nelson, Wayne (NJ) De Paul Catholic: Nelson is a big middle linebacker type at 6'1 and 245 pounds. He should fit in well in the classic Big Ten style. Nelson does not claim any other offers as of April 1 and carries a consensus three-star rating.

Zack Heeman, Flanders (NJ) Mount Olive High School: Heeman is a massive offensive tackle prospect at 6'8 and 270 pounds. He should, obviously, eventually play North of 300. Heeman does not claim any other offers as of April 1 and carries a consensus three-star rating.

Saquan Hampton, Trenton (NJ) Hamilton North-Nottingham School: Hampton is a lightly rated cornerback recruit, receiving only a consensus two-stars from the industry. But Rutgers has a history of scouting defensive backs well, and Hampton does have good size at 6'2 and 185 pounds.

For more on Rutgers football recruiting, visit On The Banks.

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