PISCATAWAY — Rutgers coach Kyle Flood filled a major need in the secondary and added depth at running back, the defensive line and quarterback Wednesday.
The second-year coach signed 23 players for the Scarlet Knights’ final season in the Big East Conference, including 6-foot-5 defensive lineman Eric Wiafe from Egg Harbor Township.
In keeping with the tradition started by former coach Greg Schiano, the majority of players came from New Jersey with the rest coming from New York, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Florida. Flood also made a small venture into Big 10 territory, signing a linebacker from Michigan.
Flood, who only had two days to recruit last season after replacing Schiano, seemed pleased with a class which didn’t seem to have a can’t-miss star. But he added speed without sacrificing size.
Rutgers went 9-4 last season, finishing tied for the regular-season conference title.
List of football players who signed national letters of intent with Rutgers, with name, position, height, weight, school and hometown:
Nick Arcidiacono, te, 6-5, 230, Archbishop Wood HS, Holland, Pa.
Dontea Ayres, rb, 5-9, 205, Wicomico HS, Salisbury, Md.
Nadir Barnwell, db, 5-11, 190, Piscataway (N.J.) HS
Devan Carter, rb, 6-2, 230, Brighton HS, Rochester, N.Y.
Anthony Cioffi, db, 6-0, 180, Jonathan Dayton HS, Springfield, N.J.
Justin Goodwin, rb, 6-0, 180, Madison HS, Summit, N.J.
Janarion Grant, wr, 5-11, 170, Pasco HS, Trilby, Fla.
Bryant Gross-Armiento, db, 6-1, 190, American Heritage HS, Sunrise, Fla.
Nick Internicola, de, 6-3, 230, The University School, Pembroke Pines, Fla.
Sebastian Joseph, dt, 6-4, 270, Stroudsburg (Pa.) HS
Josh Klecko, dt, 6-2, 260, Red Bank Catholic HS, Colts Neck, N.J.
Chris Laviano, qb, 6-3, 200, Holy Trinity HS, Glen Head, N.Y.
Lester Liston, lb, 6-2, 235, Grand Blanc (Mich.) HS
Taylor Marini, te, 6-4, 250, Lake Mary Prep, Oviedo, Fla.
Dorian Miller, ol, 6-3, 295, Metuchen (N.J.) HS
Myles Nash, lb, 6-5, 205, Timber Creek HS, Sicklerville, N.J.
Andre Patton, wr, 6-4, 195, St. Elizabeth HS, Wilmington, Del.
Delon Stephenson, db, 5-11, 190, Sayreville (N.J.) HS-Milford Prep.
T.J. Taylor, db, 6-3, 190, South Brunswick HS, Kendall Park, N.J.
John Tsimis, wr, 6-0, 175, Bergen Catholic HS, Harrington Park, N.J.
Kemoko Turay, de, 6-6, 220, Barringer HS, Newark, N.J.
Eric Wiafe, de, 6-5, 260, Egg Harbor (N.J.) Township HS