Rutgers football recruiting hasn’t received a commitment yet in the Class of 2020. It’s clear who their top target it is, and he knows.
“I’m [Rutgers] top priority in their 2020 class,” said St. Joseph’s Regional (Montvale, N.J.) quarterback Mike Alaimo. Alaimo is ranked the No. 11 overall recruit in New Jersey, and No. 14 overall Pro-Style QB in his class.
The six-foot-four inch signal caller is coming off a big year. His team is coming off a New Jersey state championship and he’s considered the No. 14 pro-style quarterback in the Class of 2020. When he reflected on the past season, Alaimo looked back on all the positives.
“It’s been great,” said Alaimo. “Number one team in the state, and ranked in the top 15 nationally. Recruiting is going great. I have schools coming out to watch me throw this week,” said Alaimo recently.
He didn’t specify which schools were visiting him to watch him partake in drills.
Mike’s brother Matt, a former UCLA tight end, recently transferred to Rutgers. When asked about their relationship and having him back home, Mike said his brother is in better spirits.
“It’s great having him back home and he’s happy now,” Mike said. When asked who was the better athlete, the rising senior was to the point.
“Matt’s a tight end, and I’m a QB, but I’m the better athlete,” said Mike. Matt was an MLB prospect at one point, so that’s a big claim, but one Mike can back up.
When asked who he modeled his game after, Alaimo said his favorite QB is Cam Newton. Both are big bodied quarterbacks, but differ in their running abilities. Alaimo finished the year with 1,450 passing yards, 13 passing touchdowns, 3 interceptions, and 2 rushing touchdowns.
Alaimo feels prepared to play at the next level, thanks to his experience at St. Joe’s. When asked why St. Joe’s has helped him prep for the next level, he mentioned coaching and tough scheduling.
“St. Joe’s hired Matt Simms as our QB coach, and we play a national schedule,” Alaimo said.
Although many schools are pursuing him, Alaimo hasn’t listed a top list yet. He said he’s “still being recruited” and didn’t comment on any favorites at the moment.
To add depth and local star power to the roster, Rutgers needs to go all in on Alaimo and hope they can land him.