Rutgers football has picked up a commitment from Class of 2011 quarterback Gary Nova of Don Bosco Prep.
The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Nova was awarded a three-star rating and ranked the 19th best quarterback prospect in the nation by ESPN.
Nova originally gave a verbal commitment to Pittsburgh in May, due largely to his recruitment by head coach Dave Wannstedt and assistant coaches Frank Cignetti and Jeff Hafley.
He withdrew the pledge to join the Panthers on Dec. 18 following Wannstedt’s departure from the program.
Cignetti and Hafley both joined the Scarlet Knights coaching staff in the wake of Wannstedt’s departure and were instrumental in bringing Nova over to RU with them.
Nova announced his commitment on Twitter the morning of Dec. 10. According to his Twitter feed, Nova was still meeting with coaches from other schools up to the prior week.
``I’m committing to Rutgers University! Finally got this decision over with,” he said.
Jason Baum, spokesman for Scarlet Knights football, would not confirm that Nova would join the team, saying it is against university policy to comment on recruitment.
Nova was also courted by Boston College, Virginia, Colorado and Vanderbilt. He went undefeated in his two years as starter for Don Bosco and led the Ironmen to Group Four State Titles in both seasons.
Nova’s commitment comes just two days after Rutgers sophomore quarterback Tom Savage announced that he was transferring from the school.
Chas Dodd is expected to begin next season as the Knights’ starting quarterback with Savage gone, but a true freshman has started for Rutgers in each of the past two seasons, which bodes well for Nova’s chances of seeing the field at some point in 2011.