“He is certainly a great…great quarterback to have coming here to Rutgers”, said Rutgers Head Coach Greg Schiano.
His remarks were referring to perhaps the best recruit the Rutgers football team has landed in the history of the program, Tom Savage. Savage, the four-star recruit, played high school ball for Cardinal O’Hara High School in Springfield, Pennsylvania. He will be asked to fill the void left by graduating Scarlet Knight quarterback Mike Teel.
When comparing Teel and Savage, you can start to be excited for what is in store for Rutgers Football. Teel, whose greatest accomplishment was leading the team to an 11-2 record during his sophomore season, was redshirted upon arriving to Rutgers. While this could be the case, it appears as if Schiano plans on keeping Savage on the roster his true-freshman year. Schiano’s comments on Savage show how excited he is to coach him.
Schiano was very high on Mike Teel, and he has reason to be even higher on Savage.
Savage’s 40-yard dash time is listed as 4.76 seconds. When Teel entered his time was listed at 4.81 seconds. Savage’s GPA is listed at 3.4 on rivals.com, while Teel’s was 3.0. Both are 6’4”, however, Savage weighs 217 pounds, nine pounds heavier then Teel did his senior year of high school. Savage, of course is ranked as one of the top-10 quarterbacks in his recruiting class. Teel could only have dreamed he was.
The quarterback position is wide open for the 2009 season at Rutgers and Tom Savage may pass and run his way into the starting position when given the chance.
Savage has only one thing that may keep him from being starter in 2009 and could result in the redshirt. He was unable to graduate high school early to make it to Rutgers spring practices. Had he been able to get out of high school and get acquainted with the team, he may have been slotted in at starting quarterback for the opening game.
Regardless of whether he starts, is a back up, or is red shirted, it is clear he is the future face of Rutgers. The Scarlet Knights have a player who could set out and accomplish a great deal for this program. This kid has the skill set to be great, just take a look at the tapes.
He also has a great attitude towards the Rutgers program. When asked about the stadium construction or Schiano’s contract effecting his commitment, he said, "I'm committed to the program. Not a stadium plan or a coach."
Savage could give the Scarlet Knight fans something to hope for, a Big East Championship, an Orange Bowl, and maybe a National Championship.
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