Quarterback Aftermath Analysis

The Rutgers quarterback situation changed drastically after coach Kyle Flood dismissed Philip Nelson from the program Tuesday for his role in an alleged weekend assault. Our thoughts remain with the victim as Isaac Kolstad fights for his life. Down a quarterback, the conversation also has to turn to football, where we look at the latest within the program and future targets.

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood has dismissed quarterback Philip Nelson from the team after an alleged offseason assault left Isaac Kolstad in critical condition. ScarletReport.com's thoughts remain with the victim and his family as he battles for his life. Though this is a situation bigger than football, the conversation at some point has to return to the Rutgers roster, which finds itself in need of another quarterback.

Rutgers seemingly had its replacement for Gary Nova ready to go for 2015 with Nelson instantly impressing after his transfer from Minnesota. That changed this week when Flood dismissed him from the team.

So what happens now for the 2015 season and beyond?

Chris Laviano will be a sophomore and Mike Bimonte will be a fifth-year senior as the leading contenders for the starting job.

Laviano and Bimonte both remain in an undecided quarterback race for this season, but Nova has a strong lead. Laviano struggled with consistency during his first big opportunity at quarterback. Bimonte took a significant step forward during 2014 spring practice. He, however, faces the end of his college career in 2015.

Class of 2014 signing Giovanni Rescigno could flash early in his career, and Rutgers also will have Elmwood Park's Michael Dare in training camp for 2015.

Rutgers continued to recruit the quarterback position after Dare's commitment. It now becomes a priority.

Options start with Montclair (N.J.) athlete Elijah Robinson. Robinson and Rutgers have had discussions about recruiting him as a quarterback. Look for those talks to heat up with Nelson's dismissal and a strong camp showing for Robinson at quarterback.

Offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen went to see Malvern (Pa.) Prep's Alex Hornibrook, Cheshire (Conn.) Academy's Patrick Kehoe and Wyndmoor (Pa.) La Salle's Kyle Shurmur throw during the spring evaluation period with Bellmore (N.Y.) Mepham quarterback Tyler Davis as a common visitor.

Hornibrook picked up his third offer – Lafayette – last night, and Davis stands at three offers – Monmouth, Old Dominion and Bucknell.

Recruiting in 2016 becomes critical as well with multiple standouts in the region. Rutgers already has offers out to Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic's Jarrett Guarantano, Potomac (Md.) Bullis School's Dwayne Haskins, Newton (Pa.) Council Rock's Brandon McIlwain and Sparta (N.J.) Pope John XXIII's Sonny Abramson.

Rutgers identified Dare during its three-day camp last summer. There is no three-day camp this summer, but skills camps begin June 6.


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