The quarterback battle is not officially over in 2014, but senior Gary Nova heads into training camp with a significant lead. Regardless of who wins the job, Nova's eligibility comes to an end this season and new bodies need to be developed.
"I think Hayden is an exciting player in our program's future," Flood said. "He won't be eligible this year to play, but he's somebody that was a really fine football player in high school. We were aware of him, even though we were not involved as much in his recruiting process. I think he's a talented player and a guy to add to our future quarterback positions."
Rettig is a 6-foot-3, 200-pound quarterback that transferred out of LSU after the end of his first year on campus. He picked Rutgers over Boston College as his destination.
The younger brother of former Boston College starter Chase Rettig, Hayden Rettig was a four-star Scout.com recruit out of Los Angeles in 2013.
"I think the public perception of him because of his recruiting rankings can definitely add some excitement for the fans and maybe some high school players," Flood said. "I think if I'm a skill player, if I'm a wide receiver or tight end, the fact that the future of Rutgers football will include Chris Laviano, Hayden Rettig, Giovanni Rescigno is exciting. You don't have to worry when one guy twists his ankle. We've got plenty of quarterbacks here that can spin the ball and get it to you."
"I think that depth is critical," Flood said. "You have to have more than one guy in your program at all times that can go out for you and win games at quarterback.
"We're focused on this season, but as the head coach I have to manage the positions and think about future depth charts. Going into the spring, we feel really confident that we've got a quality group of quarterbacks that will have the chance to be quality starters."