With the spread offense epidemic overtaking college football, teams are stock piling defensive backs in an effort to keep up. The Rutgers staff is no different as they have signed five defensive backs within the recruiting class of 2014.

There is a premium on players who can cover, and the Rutgers staff is well aware of that after giving up the most passing yards ever allowed by a Rutgers defense in 2013. A good rule of thumb is to have three safeties on a roster at all times who can align at both free and strong, as well as contribute on special teams.

And teams need four to five serviceable cornerbacks to fill the roles within the multiple sub packages they employ. So, let's find out how Rutgers' latest additions will contribute to their defensive backfield.

Signees: Andre Boggs, 5-11, 175, Avon (Conn.) Old Farms; Kamren Lott, 5-10, 180, First Coast (Jacksonville, Fla.); Saquan Hampton, 6-1, 185, Nottingham (Hamilton, N.J.) ; Isaiah Wharton, 6-1, 185, Gateway (Kissimmee, Fla.); Darian Dailey, 5-11, 175, Manatee (Bradenton, Fla.)

Analysis: Speed is one of the most important attributes teams look for in defensive backs and Andre Boggs has plenty of it. While he was lightly-recruited out of Coatesville (Pa.) Area high school due to academic issues, Boggs has the foot quickness, ball skills and long speed to compete for playing time once he arrives on the banks.

A mid-year arrival would have all but ensured Boggs an opportunity to contribute early, but he was forced to remain at Avon for an additional semester as he continues to work towards qualification.

Conversely, Kamren Lott made it to Rutgers this past January and has benefited from the head start he received – both culturally and with the playbook. Lott will look to push for a role within a secondary, and could also become a primary candidate for special teams duties.

Saquan Hampton has the frame of a safety but also has experience on an island. But he will likely kick inside at Rutgers, providing length, ball skills and experience covering wide receivers one-on-one in high school. He also excels as a special teams return man.

Isaiah Wharton also has cornerback acumen, but he could be special at free safety. His long arms allow him to make plays on the ball that shorter players are unable to make. And he plays with good timing and awareness which will benefit him when playing the deep ball.

Darian Dailey might be the biggest find of them all. He's certainly been battle tested, playing at Manatee against some of the toughest wide receiver competition in the region. Dailey can open up, turn and run while maintaining the balance to break on the ball. He also excels against double moves, as he sits in receivers' back pockets.

Synopsis: The Rutgers staff added depth, leadership and length with the DBs they've recently added to the fold. Boggs has the speed to contribute immediately, while Lott intends to do the same after enrolling in January. Lott's team-first attitude and leadership qualities give him a chance.