Gary Nova Commits to Rutgers: Scarlet Knights Fill QB Void with In-State Stud

Double G SportsCorrespondent IJanuary 12, 2011

Rutgers University got a verbal commitment that could bring the football program to the next level. Don Bosco Prep senior quarterback Gary Nova tweeted his intentions Monday morning.

Nova will fill a void on Rutgers' roster that was formed when Tom Savage decided to transfer. With Savage off the roster, Chas Dodd is the only quarterback with meaningful snaps under his belt.

The status of Steve Shimko is unknown because of injury, and the other two quarterbacks on the roster are walk-ons.

In Nova, Rutgers is getting a proven winner. The 6’2″, 210-pound quarterback has never lost as a starting quarterback at Don Bosco Prep in New Jersey. Nova guided the Ironmen to back-to-back state titles in 2009 and 2010. In 2009, Don Bosco was named the No. 1 high school team in the country.

This past season, Nova threw for over 1,500 yards and 18 touchdowns while only being intercepted twice. When considering those numbers, keep in mind that Nova sat out the second half when many of the games were under control.

Nova had always liked Rutgers but originally committed to Pittsburgh because of the relationship he formed with then-offensive coordinator Frank Cignetti. When Pittsburgh fired head coach Dave Wannstedt, Rutgers went shopping.

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