Is a Rutgers offer heading to N.Y. QB?

A quarterback from Upstate New York took the trip to Rutgers for Junior Day, and during it got to meet individually with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano. He was told an offer could be heading his way, and said, "If they offered me, I would probably commit." But how does he see himself fitting in with the Scarlet Knights?

Before Junior Day officially began, it was well underway for Rush-Henrietta (N.Y.) High quarterback Ashton Broyld.

He and close friend Quentin Gause of Bishop Kearny (Rochester, N.Y.) were meeting with Rutgers coach Greg Schiano, talking about the program, and the school.

"We had a good conversation with him,'' Broyld said. "It was about me and Quentin being a part of Rutgers.''

Gause, a linebacker, already holds an offer from Rutgers. Broyld's only offer is from Akron, mostly because schools aren't sure if the 6-foot-3, 230-pounder is willing to shift from quarterback to another position in college.

"Rutgers told me if I was an athlete, they would offer me,'' Broyld said. "I think other schools, like Maryland, liked me as a linebacker, but now I think they like me as a quarterback. A lot of schools just think because I'm up here in New York, that I'm not a real quarterback. That's fine.''

Even so, Broyld got a good vibe about where things may be heading with Rutgers.

"They said not to be surprised if I got home and there was an offer waiting for me in the mailbox,'' he said. "If they offered me, I would probably commit to that because I like the program, and it would be a good fit for me.''

Broyld's connection with Rutgers went beyond his meeting with Schiano. He said he liked the academic reputation and the assistant coaches with whom he interacted.

The recruits also were able to speak with some of the current players.

"They seemed real honest,'' Broyld said. "They seemed real loyal, and I think that is a big part of trusting a coach, and really fitting in with a team that you would go to if you were offered.''

Broyld added he is also being recruited by Florida, Tennessee, Virginia, Michigan and Pittsburgh. The dual-threat Broyld threw for 1,400 yards and ran for 918 yards as a junior. He had 26 total touchdowns, threw four interceptions and completed 72 percent of his passes.

It is his desire to play quarterback in high school.

"That's what I am,'' he said. "I feel like it'll come around. When they see it enough, they'll know.''

Broyld views himself as a multi-faceted player who can hurt defenses in a variety of ways.

"If you need me to sit in the pocket and deliver the ball, I can do that,'' Broyld said. "If you need me to get some tough yards, I can get them with my legs.

"My ninth-grade year is when I had the toughest time standing in the pocket and it seemed like everything was moving extra fast, and then my sophomore year everything seemed like it was slowing down. Junior year it took off.'' will have a story on Quentin Gause later today

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