Signing Day Rewind: Quarterbacks

Scarlet Report goes position-by-position to break down what Rutgers got in its 2015 recruiting class, and what it needs to accomplish in the next recruiting year. We start at quarterback, where coach Kyle Flood locked up Elmwood Park (N.J.) three-star Michael Dare prior to the start of his junior season.

In 2015 -- Rutgers signed three-star quarterback Michael Dare from Elmwood Park (N.J.). Dare silently committed in the summer before his junior year, and announced his decision on Signing Day 2014.

Expectations -- You don’t take a quarterback with the expectation that he will sit on the bench. Dare has a lot of work to do on his mechanics and in the play book, and that starts well before he enrolls this summer. Dare has the build and experience with multiple Rutgers offensive coordinators. Give him time to learn behind the more seasoned Hayden Rettig and Chris Laviano and check back in two years.

In 2016 -- The big fish are four-star quarterbacks Jarrett Guarantano and Dwayne Haskins from Oradell (N.J.) Bergen Catholic and Potomac (Md.) The Bullis School respectively. Both slowed down their recruitments in the 2015 calendar year, and Rutgers is unlikely to move on to other options until both finalize college decisions. Both have childhood ties to Rutgers and dozens of schools from which to choose.

Needs Addressed? -- Yes. To identify and lock up a quarterback early in the recruiting process is huge – and Rutgers succeeded here. When you get a quarterback early, it allows the staff to address other needs. On the flip side, it took away any chance Rutgers had at the bigger fish in the region like St. Peter’s Prep’s Brandon Wimbush. Rutgers did not lock up an early quarterback this year, which keeps multiple big 2016 names in the mix.

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