Tom Lang is the third player to commit to the Rutgers Football program in a span of seven days. Although most programs add one quarterback every recruiting season, recruiting for his position became a need for the Scarlet Knights with the transfer of Terrence Shawell and the position change of Anthony Cali to tight end. Mike Teel and Jabu Lovelace appear to be promising but the coaching staff needed to add a young talented prospect to the group, especially with the graduation of Ryan Hart at the end of the year.
In order for prospects to focus on their senior season, many have chosen to make early commitments. For Lang, the choice of Rutgers appeared to be obvious. After attending football camps at Boston College, Wisconsin, Iowa, Maryland, and Vanderbilt, he was well-versed in what to expect at a division 1A football camp. However, he felt at home at Rutgers and with the coaching staff. He particularly felt comfortable with Coach Schiano and Ver Steeg. He stated that the hour that I spent with Coach Ver Steeg was the best coaching that I received during my camp visits".
Coach Schiano's vision and plan for the program was also a large selling point. He stated that Coach Schiano has plans on improving and expanding the stadium which aligns with his plans on improving the level of the program.
In addition to the coaching staff, Lang liked the campus and the football facilities. The school's proxmity to New York City was also a big plus for him.
For a division 1 quarterback to fly under the radar in Massachusetts is unusual. Lang feels it was due to his inability to attend combines and his team's focus on running the ball. Since his school has classes six days per week and he is involved in numerous sports, it made it difficult for him to attend any combines. Also, as a junior and sophomore, his team focused on the run resulting in him only amassing 1,632 yards and 21 touchdowns as a three year starter. However, he has a record of 15-3 as a starter in a league that he states could "match up with any league in Massachusetts".
Due to the team's personnel, they plan on throwing the ball or 'airing it out' a lot more this season. If his performance as a senior attracts the attention of other schools, Rutgers fans need not worry. Lang stated that he is fully committed on attending Rutgers.
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