David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports
Taking a look at Rutgers' latest QB commit.
While college football is less of a quarterback league than the NFL, the QB position is nonetheless an integral aspect of a football team. With Gary Nova showing no progress since he joined the Scarlet Knights, and with Kyle Flood still having trouble securing an assistant for both offensive coordinator and QB coach, Rutgers definitely needs help at the position. Wiegers is long gone, but Flood was able to secure a commitment from an under-the-radar prospect in Giovanni Rescigno. Initially a low-rated recruit, Rescigno has seen his stock rise since his commitment to the Rutgers program. He was upgraded to a four-star prospect by ESPN and is a three-star composite on 24/7 Sports.
6'4" 220 (height and weight varies depending on service)
Senior year numbers:
High school offense: Pistol
- Prototypical size
- Good command of offense
- Decent arm strength
- Running ability & good escapability
- Mechanics need work
- Passes lack zip; throws floaters at times
- Lacks elite speed
- Only one year of starting experience
- Lack of other D1 offers raises questions
There is no doubt that Rescigno is a bit of an unknown at this point. He was a backup/specialist package player behind Michigan true freshman Shane Morris for most of his career, so his senior year is the only year he accumulated any significant snaps. While some scouting sites will say that his best football is ahead of him
, it's never a bad thing to get more experience. Michigan and MSU's interest were at preferred walk-on for Gio, so that should tell you something regarding other recruiter's impression of him. Rescigno doesn't throw the perfect ball, which prevents him from truly having that zip you want to fit into tight windows. While his highlights show good accuracy, faster defenders could have the closing speed to break up his passes at the next level. This is something that can be coached up, if RU ever hires a coordinator or QB coach.
Rescigno is a diamond in the rough at this point. He'll need proper coaching to develop his true potential, but it could be the perfect confluence of events (limited experience for other schools to scout, RU needing a QB) for his success. At any rate, it's a good thing at this point to add some competition to the mess at quarterback.