Analysis: Rutgers QB Recruiting Breakdown

Quarterbacks are starting to commit to programs, and it impacts a bunch of other programs, and the quarterbacks they are recruiting. takes an in-depth look at Rutgers' recruitment of a quarterback for the 2011 class. Who is on the board and where does Rutgers stand with those players? Who are the top targets and who have some work to do before getting an offer?

The beauty of landing a quarterback like Tom Savage is the stability it creates for the offense, and for the program.

The down side is trying to recruit a quarterback behind a quarterback like Savage is often difficult because every other program is asking prospects why they want to sit behind a player of Savage's ability.

Chas Dodd wasn't scared off by it, so he signed with Rutgers in February and will enter school next month. Now, Rutgers' search for its 2011 quarterback is in full swing, and it already saw one come off its board when Don Bosco Prep's (Ramsey, N.J.) Gary Nova committed to Pittsburgh.

However, there are still quarterbacks out there, and one of the top ones on Rutgers board a few months remains in the mix in Kevin Hogan of Gonzaga Prep (Washington, D.C.). More names could be added to the board as the spring evaluation period comes to a close, but here is a breakdown of quarterbacks Rutgers is recruiting:

The top target

Kevin Hogan, Gonzaga Prep, Washington, D.C.
At 6-foot-4, 200 pounds, Hogan has a big frame and a strong arm. He is smart and can pick up concepts quickly, and can throw the ball to all locations on the field.
However, his recruitment intensified recently when pair of potential suitors received commitments from quarterbacks for the 2011 class. Nova chose Pittsburgh and Boston College picked up Christian Suntrup from Chaminade College Prep of St. Louis.
Hogan wants to visit Stanford next month and Virginia is making a strong push for him. Vanderbilt is also a factor, and never rule out nearby Maryland. It doesn't help schools are telling him he will have to sit behind Savage two seasons before having a chance to play.
Clemson recently offered Hogan, but was a late comer to the recruitment and may have too much ground to make up.

Next in line

Matt Johnson, Bishop McDevitt, Harrisburg, Pa.
Johnson has been to Rutgers a few times and like the school, the coaching staff, the program and everything else. However, he is yet to get a Rutgers offer, and one of the reasons he is not reeling in big offers is his size. He is 6-feet, 185 pounds.
He is accurate, understands the game and can throw the ball with zip. However, after taking a 6-foot quarterback in 2010, and with stronger arm, is Rutgers willing to take another at that size?
He threw for offensive coordinator Kirk Ciarroca, and Johnson said Rutgers continues to show in a lot of interest. It could come down to a pair of things for Johnson – Hogan's decision and his camp performance at Rutgers.

Stevie Weatherford, Land O' Lakes (Fla.)
The younger brother of former Florida State quarterback Drew Weatherford, the 6-2, 190-pound Stevie threw 27 touchdowns and had five interceptions as a junior. He understands the position and has a support staff that will help him develop. While Drew played at Florida State, another brother, Joe, is a former quarterback at Central Florida.
He holds offers from SMU, Iowa State, South Florida and North Texas, but look for more teams to get involved in his recruitment. A key for him and Rutgers is whether he can make it to campus next month and throw in front of the coaching staff. Rutgers was already at Land O' Lakes to see him work out.

Chris Polony, Whitehall (Pa.)
The 6-foot-2, 205-pound Polony is gaining more interest from Rutgers, but is yet to get an offer. That could happen when the Scarlet Knights check out a handful of quarterbacks during next month's camp.
He throws a nice deep ball and also throws well while out of the pocket. He has the arm strength to adequately throw outs to the far side of the field, he handles pressure in the pocket well and will take hit to deliver a pass. He is also comfortable tucking the ball and running up field.

John Loughery, William Penn, Philadelphia
As the cousin of former Boston College standout quarterback Matt Ryan, many folks believe it is a done deal Loughery will wind up an Eagle. However, Loughery is still looking for his first offer, and it may not come until he impresses at a camp.
Rutgers is one of the schools he will camp at, and it will be a nice completion as he battles with a few others to prove he deserves a chance to play for the Scarlet Knights.
At 6-5, he has tremendous size. He has nice arm strength and displays a good touch on short- and medium-range passes. He has been around football for a while and knows the studying needed to excel at the position.

The Dream Team

Teddy Bridgewater, Northwestern, Miami
Rutgers sent an offer to him on Sept. 1, and he is saying everyone is still involved. But he holds too many offers to count, and getting the No. 3 QB prospect in the nation out of Miami and to Piscataway is a near impossibility at this juncture.

Jerrard Randall, Chaminade College Prep, Hollywood, Fla.
He is speaking with Rutgers' coaching staff and says he is open, but with plenty of offers coupled with his location, the dual-threat Randall is a tough, tough get.

Jacobs Brisset, Dwyer, Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.
The first question is whether Brissett is going to play basketball or football in college? The next is whether he would consider leaving the warmth of Florida for New Jersey? He says he likes Rutgers and knows the coaches, but a lot of players say that.

Keep an eye on

Nick SanGiacomo, Barnegat (N.J.)
He is 6-5, 200 pounds, but needs to develop his arm strength and improve his footwork. He has been on Rutgers' radar for a while, but unless he camps with the Scarlet Knights, he likely will be heading out of state. Tulane has offered him.

Tony Smith, Father Judge, Philadelphia
The 6-3, 210-pound Smith needs to develop more. He is a pro-style quarterback who makes quick decisions, but doesn't possess a great deal of arm strength. He is hearing from a number of schools, but no one has offered.


Tanner McEvoy, Bergen Catholic, Oradell, N.J.
Yes, Mcevoy is a four-star receiver recruit with a Rutgers offer, but he is supposed to play quarterback his senior season. What if he plays well and has a big season and becomes a quarterback recruit.
Crazy? Perhaps. But before NFL quarterback Matt Moore went to UCLA and transferred to Oregon State, he played at Hart High of Newhall, Calif., where he played quarterback for one season behind Kyle Boller.

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