Rutgers Gets QB's Commitment

Rutgers picked up the 11th member of its 2011 recruiting class, and it was a big one in the form of a quarterback. Mike Bimonte of Manalapan High gave a non-binding oral commitment to coach Greg Schiano. Moments after it happened, Bimonte spoke to about his "dream come true" in getting an offer and committing.

Rutgers' search for a quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class took it 30 minutes from its campus when Manalapan High's Mike Bimonte pledged his commitment.

Bimonte, who has been on Rutgers' radar for the last month, received an offer from Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano on Friday, and it didn't take long for Bimonte to commit.

"It's basically a dream come true," Bimonte said. "Growing up as a Jersey player, it's always Rutgers, Rutgers, Rutgers."

The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Bimonte was also contemplating an offer from Temple, and was close to committing to Owls last week before Rutgers invited him to campus. Bimonte was on campus Tuesday with his family to meet with the coaching staff and get a tour of the campus.

Bimonte was uncertain if the Scarlet Knights were going to offer, but that changed when he had a conversation with Scarlet Knights coach Greg Schiano early Friday evening.

"Coach Schiano was asking me, 'Do you want to be the quarterback at Rutgers University?' "Bimonte said. "I told him straight out, 'I want to be the quarterback at Rutgers University.' I understand that's (Tom) Savage's position, but I'm going to get there, I'm going to work my butt off and hopefully things will work out great.

"I"m going to work every single day to become the Rutgers quarterback and lead them."

As a junior, Bimonte passed for more than 1,800 yards and 20 touchdowns. He was intercepted four times.

Bimonte acknowledged the process was getting stressful because of his desire to go to Rutgers, his fondness of the school, but the lack of an offer.

Now, with a smile detectable even over the phone and a load of pressure gone, Bimonte is ready to concentrate on his senior season.

"To finally get to the point where I'm committed, it's such a weight off my shoulder," he said. "I don't have to worry about that any more. I can't even put it into words.

"I feel it's the right decision, and it's time to bring a national championship to Piscataway."

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