Evan Simon has been committed to the Rutgers Football program since May despite the changes in offensive coordinators and now Head Coach, again. Even with multiple changes in scheme and a true definition of what Rutgers will run next year, he signed Wednesday.
Rutgers needs someone who can throw the ball around and Simon showed more skill in doing so at the high school level than anyone who enrolled at RU since Tom Savage. He throws all types of different routes, at all trajectories, and with a variety of velocities. He has the size to take hits and good pocket presence that has eluded RU signal callers since Gary Nova’s senior year. The one thing he hasn’t had to show is improvisation which may be needed at the moment for a Rutgers quarterback. Hopefully that is not something Evan lacks, but only something he has not had to show yet on film.
High School Position: QB (6’2”, 200 lbs.)
Projected college position: Quarterback
High School: Manheim Central
Hometown: Mt. Joy, PA
Most notable other offers: Colorado, Minnesota, Pitt, West Virginia
The Rutgers Quarterback room has been in transition ever since Gary Nova left other than a few blips where Chris Laviano showed flashes. Even though Art Sitkowski will return, the Scarlet Knights need to add as many high ceiling throwers to their program as possible. Johnny Langan and Cole Snyder return as well, but as we have seen around the country, anybody who can lead a team and throw the ball reliably will get snaps during a season.
Floor: Chris Laviano
Most likely: Gary Nova
Potential: Mike McMahon
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