QB Nova Talks About His Rutgers Commitment

Rutgers picked up a big commitment Monday from Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova, and he spoke to ScarletReport.com about his decision. Nova went into why he thinks Rutgers is the best fit, and also talked about his interactions with another of Rutgers' high-profile recruits.

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova had that feeling once before. It was when he woke up and committed to Pittsburgh in the spring.

He has that feeling about Rutgers, which is why he decided to eschew his other official visits and give the Scarlet Knights a non-binding oral commitment.

"It was pretty much that I felt right about it, once I felt that was the place to go, I figured why wait and take other visits," Nova said. "I always liked Rutgers. Even before I committed to Pittsburgh, that was the case. Why would I not want to go there? I am Jersey guy. I can represent the state of the New Jersey."

Nova, who was undefeated in two seasons as a starter for the Ironmen, built a reputation in Pittsburgh's once-mighty 2011 recruiting class by helping the Panthers recruiting other players, already is doing so with the Scarlet Knights.

One of his first messages went to five-star running back Savon Huggins of St. Peter's Prep (Jersey City, N.J.).

"I texted him when he committed," Nova said. "I sent him a text, ‘I'm committing to Rutgers. You already know what me and you can do there' and I left it at that. If he wants to get back to me, he can do that."

Nova also spoke with high-profile Rutgers commit Miles Shuler of Long Branch (N.J.).

"I talked to Miles," Nova said. "He said congratulations. Him and I have been talking since we played in a 7-on-7 together. We became friends and kept in contact. He was disappointed when I committed to Pittsburgh, but it's funny how things work out."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Nova said the transfer of sophomore quarterback Tom Savage had nothing to do with his decision to commit now.

However, Rutgers' hiring of offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti played a large role in the process.

"I think I was going to go there regardless (of Savage's decision)," Nova said. "Now that coach Cignetti is there, it makes it that much better. I think that was probably one thing that was missing from Rutgers before, the offensive coordinator.

By that, Nova meant he wanted to play in a pro-style offense, which should accentuate his abilities.

"I feel like with the way they run everything, I can be good the system," Nova said. "It's a run-first offense, which opens up the play-action pass and straight back drop. It's for a quarterback that's going to be a leader. I'm not a guy who's going to run for 200 yards and throw for 600 yards."

Rutgers' starting quarterback is sophomore Chas Dodd, and Steve Shimko is the only other scholarship quarterback on the roster. (And his status is uncertain because of shoulder surgery).

Rutgers also has a commitment from Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) quarterback Mike Bimonte, and Nova likes he will be able to compete for playing time early.

"It's a pretty good situation," Nova said. "I'm going to have a chance to go in and commit for a position right now.

The last quarterback Rutgers pulled out of Don Bosco Prep was Mike Teel, and Nova said the two of them spoke during the process.

"He gave me some information about Rutgers, but never really pushed Rutgers on me," Nova said. "We never talked about specific things."


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