Wednesday, February 4: Michael Dare, the 6-5, 200-pound quarterback from Elmwood Park, signed with the Rutgers Scarlet Knights. Named as the No. 32 recruit in the NJ.com Top 50, Dare bypassed interest from Boston College and Virginia.
“I totally feel like a different person now. 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.” -Michael Dare
His intentions to join the Scarlet Knights were made clear in June of 2013 when first offered by Rutgers head coach Kyle Flood, following a standout performance at Rutgers camp.
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.
Dare’s decision to play at Rutgers should come as no surprise, given his connections to the program. He grew up a Scarlet Knights fan and watched his Elmwood Park neighbor, Gary Nova, quarterback the team for 4 years in Piscataway. Dare also took lessons from Mike Teel for about a year, before the former Rutgers quarterback rejoined the program as a graduate assistant last season.
Once Dare finally does make the 42-mile move to Rutgers’ campus this summer, he’ll be ready to gain traction quickly and progress as player.
“I feel like I’m going to go through that process really well,” Dare said. “I just see myself playing there.”