Rutgers' revival improves Big East's reputation
I believe Rutgers is a legitimate Top 25 team. Coach Greg Schiano patiently has rebuilt the program. He has done exactly what he said he would do when he took the job six years ago: (1) get some of New Jersey's and New York's top recruits to stay home and (2) recruit speed from the state of Florida, where he was a hot defensive coordinator at Miami. Except for a few significant exceptions (e.g., losing wide receiver Dwayne Jarrett to USC and safety Myron Rolle to Florida State), Schiano has made good on those promises. He has kept key high school players home (e.g., running back Ray Rice and redshirt freshman quarterback Jabu Lovelace) and has 21 players from Florida on his roster.
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