RU Target Nova Talks About Recruiting Factors

Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova was at the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, and took time away from playing to discuss his recruitment. Nova holds four offers, including one from Rutgers, and talked about what will be one of the factors going into his decision. Nova also talked about his offseason plans.

PISCATAWAY – The decision of which college Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova will attend could come down to whether he wants to play close to home, or experience a new part of the country.

That was the message Nova delivered during the BadgerSport 7-on-7, presented by New Level Athletics, over the weekend at Rutgers.

"Some people feel so comfortable in Jersey,'' the 6-foot-2, 210-pound Nova said. "They're playing there their whole lives, they want to stay with all their friends and their family. The people that want to go out, I can see why they want to explore and get away from it.

"I don't know what I'm going to do. That's what this process is about.''

Nova was the best quarterback at the 7-on-7 event. He routinely threw the deep ball with accuracy, used his touch to get the ball over the linebackers but under the safeties, and demonstrated poise throughout.

Although Rutgers was not affiliated with the camp, it could still be beneficial for the Scarlet Knights since Nova got another look at the facilities and was able to perform inside the practice bubble.

"I'm keeping an open mind, but Rutgers would be a great place to come,'' Nova said. "It's so close to home, just 40 minutes away. Everybody could come watch me play.''

Nova holds offers from Rutgers, Pittsburgh, Boston College and Virginia, but more could be coming as he takes part in several more high-profile events this spring.

He is heading to Penn State for the Nike camp on May 2, and will travel to Berkeley, Calif., for the Elite 11 on May 14. His team is also going to Boston College for a camp.

But Nova doesn't plan to attend camps at schools as an individual.

"I'll probably just catch a couple of spring practices,'' he said. "I think I'm going to one at Illinois, but I don't know when. I'm going to one at Pitt, Boston College, Rutgers and a couple of other schools, (maybe) Michigan State, and I know Vanderbilt. That's pretty much it, but nothing is certain yet.''

Nova is also still learning about the recruiting process, and how to best interpret the information he is receiving.

"It's still kind of confusing,'' he said. "It's hard because all the schools say the same thing, and they sound so great you want to go to every school, but you can pick only one.

"It's starting to get clearer and starting to get cut down. All those letters don't really mean anything, and the emails …I'm trying to keep an open mind and not say anything, which one my favorite is yet.''

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