Dare Stands Out in Return to Action

Elmwood Park (N.J.) quarterback Mike Dare made his return to action in style Saturday after missing significant time with a hand injury. Dare worked out in front of Rutgers and future teammates as one of the standouts of Saturday's Rutgers skills camp.

The pain and soreness was there after months of inactivity, but a morning full of throwing felt great for Rutgers commit Michael Dare.

Dare missed spring evaluation at Elmwood Park (N.J.) and the first Rutgers skills camp because of an offseason surgery. Cleared earlier in the month, Dare was on his game at the same place where he earned his Rutgers offer one year ago.

"It felt great to throw again," said Dare, a three-star prospect. "[It was] a little shaky in the first session because the wrist was killing me, but once it got warmed up and the scar tissue broke up, the second session was fantastic."

It was a weekend of firsts for Dare. The 6-foot-5 quarterback worked out under offensive coordinator Ralph Friedgen for the first time. He also worked with graduate assistant Mike Teel, who trained with him before joining the Rutgers staff in the offseason.

"It was great working in front of coach [Friedgen]," Dare said. "He loved how I threw and told me to take it easy the first session because of the wrist. He said, ‘Mike, you don't have to impress anyone. We already know what you've got.'"

Dare did not have to impress, but he did anyway. Just ask Valdosta (Ga.) Valwood tight end commit Anthony Folkerts, who worked out with him in the afternoon session.

"It's really ironic because he threw a great ball to me on a hook route before I knew who he was," Folkerts said. "… It's good to know that we have a quarterback who's going to be a leader and going to take charge."

Dare threw against the top defensive backs on campus, which included Newark (N.J.) Weequahic commit Al-Kadair Ports.

"He throws a really good ball," Ports said. "He's definitely going to be a good quarterback for us. I like him."


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