Rutgers Looking at Jersey QB

Rutgers is looking for a quarterback in the 2011 class, and one who impressed the Scarlet Knights coaching staff with a pair of camp performances is Manalapan High's (Englishtown ,N.J.) Mike Bimonte. The 6-foot-3, 215-pounder talked to about his recruiting, what Rutgers is telling him and whether or not he likes the Scarlet Knights. Go inside to learn what he had to say.

Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) quarterback Mike Bimonte threw the ball well during Saturday's Schiano Shootout, and he returned to Rutgers camp Monday to give the coaching staff a more extended look at his talent.

And for the 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bimonte, everything went well.

As Rutgers looks to secure a quarterback commitment for the 2011 class, Bimonte is suddenly a name high on the Scarlet Knights' radar.

"I came to the 7-on-7, and they seem pretty interested," Bimonte said. "I think they were excited about it. A couple coaches came up to me and said I did very well."

He holds offers from several Division II and FCS schools, and added several Big East schools are showing him interest, but is looking for his first offer from a major Division I school. He also camped at Temple.

"I love Rutgers," Bimonte said. "It's the home school. I am definitely interested in Rutgers, but we'll see what happens. Rutgers is a great school."

Bimonte has been starting at Manalapan since his sophomore season and has shown a live arm and tremendous work ethic, but an added bonus of late was a growth spurt.

According to Manalapan coach Tom Gallahue, since the end of Bimonte's junior season and now he grew nearly three inches, giving him the size major college programs desire in a quarterback.

"He's a kid that works on being a quarterback all year round," Gallahue said. "He's a great kid who works really hard."

As a junior, Bismonte threw for 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns against four interceptions.

"The best thing about me is probably my strong arm," Bimonte said. "I need to work on quickness and accuracy."

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