Rutgers watching Pa. quarterback

Earlier in the week brought you video of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) quarterback Matt Johnson. Now, find out what Johnson had to say about Rutgers, recruiting, and whether he has any offers. Also, Johnson said a member of the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff said he would be out at Bishop McDevitt in the spring to watch him throw.

Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.) quarterback Matt Johnson was so blown away by his visit to Rutgers last month, it markedly changed how he viewed the school.

"When I went up to the junior day at Rutgers, they got my attention right away,'' Johnson said. "From top to bottom, I would have a tough time, if they offered me, saying no. I really liked it up there.''

At 6-foot, ½-inch and 201 pounds, Johnson is an accurate thrower who runs a pro-style offense. He doesn't have any offers yet, but is getting interest from Rutgers, Connecticut, Pittsburgh, LSU, Virginia and Iowa.

And his recruitment should pick up dramatically in the spring, when he heeds the advice of Rutgers co-offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Kirk Ciarrocca. Johnson also plays baseball, but Ciarrocca suggested setting up four days in the spring in which coaches can come out and watch him throw.

"Coach Ciarrocca said, ‘I'll definitely be there.' ‘' Johnson said. "And he said I'll be surprised the (number of) coaches, even if they haven't been sending me stuff, that will come to evaluate me.''

Johnson completed 152 of 227 passes (67 percent) for 2,731 yards, 32 touchdowns and seven interceptions as a junior.

And although his size could become an issue, he said that hasn't been the case yet.

"It's not an issue with me,'' he said. "Coach Ciarrocca didn't say anything to me about it. He didn't say anything negative about it. I went to Pitt's camp last year and their coach saw me throw and didn't really say anything about it.''

If Rutgers were to offer, Johnson added he isn't concerned about entering a program in which there is an established with two years of eligibility remaining.

"Coach Ciarocca was real honest with me,'' Johnson said. "He said he wasn't going to offer me until he sees me throw. He gave me a breakdown and said they only recruited one quarterback in the (2010) class, and told me where they stood with Savage.''

Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage will be a junior when Johnson enrolls at whatever college he settles on.

"I wasn't too worried because I guess a lot of schools are always going to be recruiting a quarterback, but with Savage there, I kind of see it as a help,'' Johnson said. "If I come in and he's still there, which he would be, I would be able to learn under him.

"With him having three years of experience, he could teach me stuff that coach Ciarocca may not be able to teach me because he's not out there. I actually liked it.''

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