After not recruiting a quarterback in their 2007 recruiting class, Rutgers has pair of 6'6" quarterbacks in their 2008 recruiting class namely DC Jefferson and Stephen Shimko. Although Jefferson might be the more notable player, Shimko looks forward to the competition for the starting position.
A short time after receiving the Rutgers offer, Shimko committed to the Scarlet Knights bringing their total number of commitments to nine. For Shimko, the decision was easy due to his comfort with the Rutgers coaching staff and rise of the program. The chance to play at home with his friends and family having the ability to see him play was another big factor. When Shimko informed the Rutgers staff, they were happy to have the 6'6" signal caller as a part of the 2008 class.
For those fans who might not know much about Shimko, he is a quarterback who is known for having a strong arm. As a junior, he threw for 1400 yards, 18 touchdowns and eight interceptions. During the off-season, he has done a lot of work to increase his accuracy and touch. As he states, "I work hard...I want to be the best". This hard work fueled the improvement that gartnered Shimko his Rutgers offer and heavy interest from North Carolina State, Boston College, Temple, and Connecticut.
Shimko will need this strong work ethic as he enters Rutgers and battles DC Jefferson for the starting position. But he is undeterred by the challenge that lies ahead of him. As he states, "competition is everywhere, it is good especially good competition."
Like many of the Rutgers commitments, Shimko will attempt to convince other players to join him at Rutgers. His first assignment is one of his best friends, JB Fitzgerald. Although Fitzgerald has already committed to Michigan, Shimko will continue to work on the four-star prospect. As he states, "you never know things might change and I would rather play with him than against him". After the Michigan loss, Shimko reached out to Fitzgerald but Fitzgerald has yet to return Shimko's call.
Since he has his college decision behind him, he plans on just having fun his senior year and guide his team to the New Jersey State Championship. He plans on studying a lot of film and visiting the Rutgers practices in order to copy many of the QB drills in order to continue his improvement.
Shimko plans on taking unofficial visits to Rutgers for the Navy and Norfolk State games.