CoachSpeak: Scouting Michael Dare

Shortly after wrapping up the class of 2014, the Scarlet Knights made a 2015 splash with Elmwood Park (N.J.) quarterback Michael Dare going public with his silent commitment. Elmwood Park coach Mike Farrington breaks down the first New Jersey commit in the class for Rutgers.

Michael Dare of Elmwood Park (N.J.) sky-rocketed to the top of the 2015 quarterback board at Rutgers after camping last summer. Dare impressed in a camp setting, and made a silent commitment to the program shortly afterwards.

Dare went public with his decision on National Signing Day, and brings Rutgers a fresh look going into the Big Ten, said his coach.

"With a school like Rutgers starting a new swing in a new conference, someone like Mike is great for the program," said Elmwood Park coach Mike Farrington. "He'll help them start fresh in the Big Ten. He has a great skill set and a great arm."

Dare comes from the same hometown as Rutgers quarterback Gary Nova, and has been high on the radar since his strong summer.

"They loved him ever since," Farrington said. "They were high on him. They put him No. 1 on their scouting board. It's been nothing but rave reviews and positive feedback from Rutgers. When this kid takes a snap under center, he has his five-step and seven-step drops and then he hits the receiver. It's great to hear."

Dare completed 61 percent of his passes as a junior to go along with 19 touchdowns and 11 interceptions. He helped Elmwood Park finish 6-4.

"When he has a bad play or a bad outing, this kid shakes it off right away," Farrington said. "He can get hit right in the chest, pop back up and be ready to go. He's just one of those kids that bounces right back and gets everyone going. The next series he's throwing touchdown passes."

Farrington said there was minimal concern when Rutgers quarterbacks coach Rob Spence and offensive coordinator Ron Prince left the program.

The feeling turned toward excitement last week when head coach Kyle Flood hired Ralph Friedgen.

"I think that's huge," Farrington said. "When I heard the news, I thought that was the best possible things that could happen. With Mike and his skill set and coach Friedgen coming over with all of his history and experience, I think it's a great combination."

Dare is the first New Jersey commitment for Rutgers, and has the leadership qualities to bring in more for the 2015 class.

"In the beginning, he was more of a silent type," Farrington said. "He's more about the team. In that aspect, when he's trying to get kids to Rutgers, he's not going to talk about him. He's going to talk about the offense. He's going to talk about the overall experience of a place like Rutgers."


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