Recruiting Reset: Quarterbacks

There could be an easy solution or a more complex solution when it comes to which quarterback will commit to Rutgers for the class of 2011. In's ongoing series "Recruiting Reset," we examine what is going on with the quarterback recruiting, and options exist. Some scenarios are expected, others will need to play out, and here is also one surprising one that is developing.

The meltdown that coincided with Don Bosco Prep (Ramsey, N.J.) quarterback Gary Nova committing to Pittsburgh has cooled, but the business at hand remains a hot topic.

Rutgers has three scholarship quarterbacks in its program, and needs to add another in the 2011 class.

So, where do the Scarlet Knights go?

The easy ending to who will join Tom Savage, Stephen Shimko and Chas Dodd at Rutgers has Gonzaga High (Washington, D.C.) quarterback Kevin Hogan selecting the Scarlet Knights ahead of Vanderbilt, Virginia and Stanford when he makes his announcement, which is expected by July 1.

There was lively debate whether Nova or Hogan was atop Rutgers' realistic quarterback board, so with only Hogan remaining it makes sense why the Scarlet Knights increased their recruiting effort of the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder in the last few weeks.

But if Hogan goes elsewhere, Rutgers' quarterback pool is not dry, and the options are interesting.

Aside from Hogan, the only other non-committed quarterbacks to hold Rutgers offers are Jacoby Brissett of Dwyer High (Palm Beach Gardens, Fla.) and Phillip Ely of Plant High (Tampa).

Brissett is also a basketball player, and hasn't shown Rutgers much interest lately.

The Scarlet Knights offered Ely in the last few weeks, and he told last week he was trying to work a trip to Rutgers into his schedule.

The wildcard in the quarterback recruitment is Tanner McEvoy of Bergen Catholic (Oradell, N.J.). He was offered Sept. 1 as a receiver, but the 6-6, 200-pounder will play quarterback for the Crusaders this season and is starting to get serious interest from schools at the position.

In fact, South Carolina recently offered him as a quarterback, and Rutgers has told him they are recruiting him to play either quarterback or receiver, and the choice could belong to him. McEvoy will get a chance to show his passing ability during Rutgers' 7-on-7 camp this weekend.

There is also a trio of quarterbacks set to throw at Rutgers in the coming days that should give clarity as to who may get an offer behind Hogan.

Matt Johnson of Bishop McDevitt (Harrisburg, Pa.), John Loughery of William Penn (Philadelphia) and Chris Polony of Whitehall (Pa.) are each set to throw in front of the Scarlet Knights' coaching staff, and whomever performs the best could be offered in the ensuing days. Another offer to any of the three would immediately make Rutgers the favorite.

Land O'Lakes (Fla.) High's Stevie Weatherford recently jumped onto Rutgers' radar, and he planned to camp with the Scarlet Knights. However, he told this week that family plans will not allow that to happen.

Weatherford added he would continue to look at Rutgers, but without an offer and without throwing in front of the coaching staff, he could be a long shot.

Also, there will be another intriguing quarterback camping at Rutgers in Ashton Broylds of Rush-Henriettta (N.Y.) High. Broylds is a tremendous athlete, but schools like him markedly more as a receiver.

However, Broylds told he wants to play quarterback in college, and he is heading to Rutgers to show the coaching staff he can do it.

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