Bimonte on the Market

Former Rutgers quarterback Mike Bimonte received his release Monday from coach Kyle Flood and begins another recruitment this week. After four years as a special teams and scout-team player at the BCS level, Bimonte spoke with Scarlet Report about what he wants for his final season following his Rutgers graduation.

Quarterback Mike Bimonte does not have an on-field resume as his recruitment restarts this spring, but he brings significant experience from four years with the Rutgers football team.

Bimonte took zero quarterback snaps in live games, but knows what it takes after four years of practices, and wants to show that to somebody new in his fifth and final season.

“My No. 1 goal as a player wherever I go, whatever coach I play for or coaches I speak to over the next month, I want to win a championship,” Bimonte said. “It’s always been my goal since high school. I fell short my senior year, and that really ate at me. That’s the No. 1 thing for me.”

During Bimonte’s time at Rutgers, he prepared for two bowl-champion teams, a Big East co-champion. He worked under four different offensive coordinators – Ralph Friedgen, Delaware head coach Dave Brock, Detroit Lions assistant head coach Ron Prince and St. Louis Rams quarterback coach Frank Cignetti.

“I think I’ve grown in every facet since high school when I last played quarterback,” Bimonte said. “It’s hard not to when you put in so much effort at this level. Even just in practice against other guys who have Big Ten experience, doing that over four years makes you so much better. Even the game prep, all of that stuff cycles in. I’ve seen a lot of great defenses. I’ve studied a lot of defenses.”

Rutgers coach Kyle Flood gave Bimonte his transfer release Monday night, officially kicking off a second recruitment for the 6-foot-5 pro-style passer from Manalapan.

Bimonte has plenty of help in the search process from his former high school head coach Ed Gurrieri to the coaches at Rutgers, but he is also his own advocate.

Instead of a spring transfer, Bimonte finishes his Rutgers undergraduate degree which makes him immediately eligible at any level. He also planned plenty of daily workouts for the spring.

“At the end of the day, it comes down to me and what I do,” Bimonte said. “The coaches from Manalapan are helping me out, and I know the coaches from Rutgers will do anything to help me out as well. I’m just trying to find the right spot.

“Playing time is the most important thing for me because it’s been a while since I’ve played quarterback in an actual game. That’s what I miss most about football. Education is huge for me now being that I’m graduating in May. I understand that the NFL isn’t for everybody, and I want to set myself up in the best position possible to succeed.”

The spring semester for Bimonte includes the conclusion of Rutgers coursework and daily workouts and drilling to stay in shape for an early summer enrollment.

“I trust myself and my biggest strength is my brain and my understanding of football,” Bimonte said. “For me, learning an offense, I feel like that will be an easy challenge for me. I have no worries about grasping an offense and being able to run it the way it’s supposed to be run. Wherever I am, I’ll be there all summer to work on route timing and getting to know the guys in general.”


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