Did QB Bimonte Get Offered By Rutgers?

Rutgers has spent plenty of time recruiting Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) quarterback Mike Bimonte since seeing him at the Schiano Shootout last month. On Tuesday, Bimonte was on campus to get to know the coaches and the school better, and the opportunity to earn a scholarship offer was in the air. Afterward, Bimonte spoke to ScarletReport.com after the visit to share the particulars.

Manalapan High (Englishtown, N.J.) quarterback Mike Bimonte left Rutgers with a better understanding of the school and a developing relationship with coach Greg Schiano, but he also left his unofficial visit Tuesday without an offer.

However, one could be coming in the next few days as Rutgers' courtship of the 6-foot-3, 215-pound class of 2011 quarterbacks remains hot.

"(Coach Schiano) said he wanted to gather all the information," Bimonte told ScarletReport.com after leaving his unofficial visit. "I'm sure he's going to meet with coach Ciarrocca now and I guess he'll make decision (on whether to offer) in the next few days."

Bimonte, who is holding an offer from Temple and could decide on a school by the end of the week, said he is a Rutgers fan, but he never was shown the ins and outs of the school prior to this trip.

During the visit Bimonte did a few of the normal things, including touring the campus, checking out the facilities and meeting with academic advisors to learn more about the educational side the football program.

"That was actually the first time I got to take a tour of what Rutgers is, as opposed to the football and stuff like that," Bimonte said. "I liked it a lot. Where I would stay (in the dorms on Busch campus) is not far away. Everything is right in the Hale Center. They told me everything I'm going to need is right there."

Bimonte met with Scarlet Knights quarterback coach Kirk Ciarrocca, then spent an hour with his parents in a private meeting with Schiano.

"They basically wanted to get to know me as a person, and I wanted to get to know them more as people also," Bimonte said. "There was some football talk here and there, but it was more just getting to know each other and seeing the school."

During the meeting with Schiano, plenty of topics were broached.

"We talked about the quarterback situation, and how he feels," Bimonte said. "I think it went very well. Both meetings, the one with coach Ciarrocca and coach Schiano, went very well in my eyes. I guess we'll see what happens in the next few days."

Part of the meeting with Schiano dealt with the concepts of the offenses at Rutgers and Manalapan High.

"We went over some of the stuff they do, and some of the stuff I do, and how it's similar," Bimonte said. "We both run pro-style offenses. Neither of us are sitting back in shot-gun throwing the ball all over the place. We went over a few football things like that."

With the Temple offer sitting there and quarterbacks making decisions around the country, Bimonte is eager to end his recruitment.

However, before deciding on a school, he does want to know whether the Scarlet Knights are going to offer him, which is putting him in a wait-and-see mode. But he is handling it with poise and maturity.

"I'm kinda going with the flow," he said. "I guess we'll wait and see what happens."

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