Rutgers offer heading to Jersey QB

With the 2010 recruiting class closed, it is on to the junior class. Rutgers sent out several scholarship offers recently, and one is heading to an in-state quarterback who already has two other offers from BCS schools. Playing close to home is important to him, and he talks about where the Scarlet Knights fit into his recruitment.

Mike Teel is Rutgers' career leader in passing yards and touchdown throws, and led the Scarlet Knights to three straight bowl wins.

Like Teel, class of 2011 quarterback Gary Nova plays at Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.), and either Friday or Saturday he should receive his written offer from Rutgers in the mail.

But how good is Nova?

"He's as big a no-brainer as we've had at the quarterback position, and we've been lucky to have some good ones,'' Don Bosco offensive coordinator and athletic director Nunzio Campanile said. "He really is a tremendous player, and he really would fit into (Rutgers') system, and the things they do.

"He's big, athletic, strong, has a tremendous arm, very accurate, got a great head for the game and he's cool under pressure.''

The only other junior quarterback Rutgers offered is Miami Northwestern's Teddy Bridgewater, which shows what the staff thinks of the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Nova.

He also has offers from Pittsburgh and Boston College, and is getting interest from Colorado, Virginia, Penn State and Maryland.

"I've just been overwhelmed by all these schools,'' said Nova, who was Rutgers' Junior Day last month. "I've never been through a process like this. I definitely like Pittsburgh, Boston College and Rutgers a lot. They're not too far from home. I'd like to stay on the east coast, and all three teams run an offense similar to Bosco.''

Nova was at Boston College's Junior Day, and he will travel to Pittsburgh during spring practice to get a look at the program, and the campus.

"(Boston College) remind me a lot of Bosco,'' Nova said. "It's like a close family, not all spread out, and the coaches really have the same philosophy as the coaches at Bosco, which is really good.''

Nova is no stranger to Rutgers' campus. He has been to 7-on-7 camps, attended the game against Pittsburgh last season, was at junior day and will be back on the campus later this month for the Badger Sports New Line Athletics 7-on-7 camp.

He added that Rutgers is a viable option.

"My family loves to come watch my games and I love to see them there to support me,'' Nova said. "I get along with all the coaches. (Assistant) coach (Kyle) Flood seems like a good guy, and coach (Greg) Schiano has really made an attempt to get out and see me. He came to a game this year.''

Nova is a pocket passer by trade, but does have the athleticism to make plays with his feet when his protection breaks down.

In leading Don Bosco to a 12-0 mark and the national title last season, he completed 59.1 percent (94 of 159) of his passes for 1,668 yards, 23 touchdowns and three interceptions.

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