(via NJ.com) ELMWOOD PARK – Michael Dare, the 6-5, 200-pound quarterback from Elmwood Park, has signed with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights on National Signing Day.
“I totally feel like a different person now,” Dare said. “I always felt like a recruit, like a commit. But now I actually feel like a player, now I feel like I belong there. I always felt that I belong there, but now I feel like I’m a part of the team, 100 percent.”
Dare, #32 Recruit in NJ.com’s Top 50, selected Rutgers among interest from Boston College and Virginia. He made his intentions to join the Scarlet Knights clear in June of 2013 first offered by Rutgers HC Kyle Flood, following a standout performance at Rutgers camp.
“A few months later, I realized what I had committed to,” Dare said. “Ever since then, I knew I was going to stay here and do what I have to do – represent Jersey.”
In 2014, Dare was a second-team All-Group 2 offensive selection after throwing for 2,152 yards and 24 TDs (to only five INTs).
He is a three-star recruit and No. 16 overall prospect in New Jersey’s 2015 recruiting class, according to 247Sports.com.
“He was like having another coach on the field,” Elmwood Park coach Tom Mulligan said. “It was great, it was like having another set of eyes. He’s real coachable, too.”
Dare’s decision to play at Rutgers should come as no surprise, given his connections to the program.
After growing up a fan of the Scarlet Knights, Dare watched his Elmwood Park neighbor – Gary Nova – play for four years in Piscataway.
He also took lessons from Mike Teel for about a year, before the former Rutgers quarterback rejoined the program as a graduate assistant last season.
“(Teel) went there, he learned that playbook already,” Dare said. “Now he’s going to pass it down to me and teach me everything I need to know.”
Despite the fact that quarterbacks often enroll in college early to get a jump start on schoolwork and learning their new system, Dare has opted to finish out his senior year at Elmwood Park. Milestones like prom, graduation and one final basketball season, Dare said, were all too important to pass up.
“I just want to get that high school life through,” Dare said. “If I leave early, I’m missing half of my senior year and I don’t want to miss that. You only get to have a senior year once.”
But once Dare finally does make the 42-mile move to Rutgers’ campus this summer, he’ll be ready to hit the ground running.
“I feel like I’m going to go through that process really well,” Dare said. “I just see myself playing there.”
#NLI Commitment On behalf of the Crusaders Community, lets wish Michael the very best in his collegiate career as he represents EPHS in the B1G Ten.
By Matt Stypulkoski (NJ Advance Media) Contributions from: Todderick Hunt & Cody Bromley