A late Wednesday night phone call resulted in celebration for Pinson (Al.) Clay-Chalkville three-star quarterback Tyrrell Pigrome. The 5-foot-11 athletic quarterback received a verbal scholarship offer from Rutgers head coach Chris Ash and offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer.
In an hour-long conversation, the coaches spoke with Pigrome about a changing offensive style and their interest in Pigrome. Pigrome put up massive numbers as a senior in an offense Mehringer called similar to his plans at Rutgers.
“We talked a lot last night and he said he wanted to offer me, so we had a good conversation getting to know each other,” Pigrome said. “I know they’re changing the offense to a spread and that’s why they want to bring me in.”
Pigrome threw for 3,080 yards, 44 touchdowns and four interceptions with an additional 1,349 rushing yards and 18 scores on the ground on his way to a Gatorade Alabama Player of the Year Honor.
“We run an up-tempo and balanced offense,” he said. “I’m very patient in the pocket and I’m able to run. [Mehringer] said he liked that about me.”
Rutgers wants Pigrome on an official visit next week because the quarterback already has weekend visits set for Tulane (tomorrow), Virginia Tech (Jan. 22) and Maryland (Jan. 29).
Mehringer discussed a mid-week visit to Rutgers after he completes his Tulane visit.
Rutgers begins classes Tuesday, which is when official visits can take place on campus.
“I’m interested because I like the new QB coach and OC and the spread offense,” he said. “… I just want to be able to be comfortable around people and run the same offense that I ran in high school.”
Pigrome plans on a decision close to National Signing Day with a Maryland official visit planned for the final weekend in recruiting.