New England QB pledges to Rutgers

The transfer of Terrence Shawell and position change of Anthony Cali to TE has changed the dynamics of the Rutgers quarterback position. Although they are adding New Jersey standout Jabu Lovelace, the program needed to add another quarterback to the roster. The Rutgers coaching staff tended to this need with the verbal commitment of Tom Lang (QB,6'4"-200lbs).

The transfer of Terrence Shawell and position change of Anthony Cali to TE has changed the dynamics of the Rutgers quarterback position. Although they are adding New Jersey standout Jabu Lovelace, the program needed to add another quarterback to the roster. The Rutgers coaching staff tended to this need with the verbal commitment of Tom Lang (QB,6'4"-200lbs). Lang attended the Rutgers Camp this summer and impress the Rutgers coaching staff enough to obtain a written scholarship offer. On Sunday, Lang informed the Rutgers coaches of his commitment to attend the school.

Scout.com was able to discuss Tom Lang commitment with his father and head football coach Joe Lang.

Scout.com: What impressed you about Rutgers resulting in your son's commitment?
Joe Lang: During the summer, we attended camps at Iowa, BC, Rutgers, Vanderbuilt, and Wisconsin. While at Rutgers, we were very impressed with Coach Greg Schiano and Coach Craig Ver Steeg along with the facilities and program.

Scout.com: Were any other offers extended to Tom?
Joe Lang: No. Although many of the other schools that visited were excited about Tom's abilities, they were waiting until later to see film and do more evaluations.

Scout.com: Did Rutgers convinced Tom and you on the camp alone?
Joe Lang: Actually, we visited the school a couple of times after the camp. As a family, we toured the facilities and met with the professors along with some of the players. We were impress not only by the facilities and the program but the people. Coach Greg Schiano and Coach Craig Ver Steeg's are tremendous people and the players appear to be dedicated. Coach Schiano has a plan for the program and he is sticking to it.

Scout.com: Since you are his coach, what do you view as Tom's strengths?
Joe Lang: Tom is a big quarterback with a solid arm and quick release. He also has the ability to escape from the rush. Since he is a three year starter, he is a proven leader and quarterback.

Scout.com: Does he play any other sports?
Joe Lang: Tom plays power forward on the schools basketball team. Last season, he led the team in scoring and was the fourth highest scorer in the league.

Scout.com: Is there any chance of Tom changing his mind as more interest and scholarship offer accumulate?
Joe Lang: No. I believe in commitments. We made the decision and we are moving on.

Note: Tom's father, Joe, played QB and TE for the University of Massachusetts.

Donald "Big Dog" Forbes: dforbes@theinsiders.com
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