Pine Hill (N.J.) Overbrook quarterback Tom Wyatt joins a crowded position group as a preferred walk-on at Rutgers but he does not fear competition.
Wyatt spoke in detail with offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer about the evolving offense and sees a fit.
“Walking on doesn’t matter to me because every quarterback is on the same playing field,” said Wyatt, who totaled 2,207 yards and 26 touchdowns as a senior. “Their starting quarterback, Chris Laviano, is a pro-style quarterback and he has to learn the new system just like every-single quarterback. We’re all learning a new offense, so we’re all on a similar playing field. Laviano just has more experience.”
Wyatt initially committed to Army and the triple-option attack before he reopened his recruitment shortly before National Signing Day.
The Rutgers recruiting staff, which also added a preferred walk-on commitment from Matt Vitale, identified Wyatt as a target.
“Prior to committing to West Point, it was one of my top schools,” Wyatt said. “I was being recruited by the old coaching staff, but Anthony Russo committed and they were only taking one quarterback in their class. I was very interested, but I went through the whole recruiting process and might have overthought the military side of things. Now it’s a perfect situation.”
Wyatt said he appreciated the way in which Mehringer communicated his plans for the offense.
“Coach Mehringer said that whomever wins the starting battle, that’s who the offense will be built around,” Wyatt said. “If you’re more of a passer, they’re going to pass more. If you’re more of a running, you’re going to run more. If you can do both like me, you have a lot of opportunities to get the ball to playmakers or be the playmaker yourself.”
The quarterback enrolls at Rutgers for summer workouts in June, and looks forward to the rest of the Wyatt family at his games this season.
“Representing New Jersey is the biggest part,” he said. “It’s close enough that my family can come to every game and my friends can come. It’s a special opportunity to be able to play at your home school.”