Dual-threat QB Thomas Wyatt headed to Rutgers
Rutgers’ new offense will call for a new type of quarterback as the coaching staff has been targeting dual-threat signal-callers for the future. That led to the pursuit of Overbrook (N.J.) class of 2016 quarterback Thomas Wyatt, who will suit up this summer as a true freshman.
"I've been talking to coach [Rick] Mantz," said Wyatt, who had previously committed to Army. "Once my academic documents get through admissions, I'll be walking on to play quarterback. There may be a possibility of a gray shirt scholarship, but I'm not sure yet. They said I have to come this fall and earn it."
Wyatt visited Rutgers on Valentine's Day and talked about the most recent conversation he had with Head Coach Chris Ash.
"He told me how proud he was of me for wanting to represent New Jersey and how I need to work really hard over this offseason to make sure I get a solid shot at being the shot caller this year. He explained how all the QBs are new to him and all on the same playing field. No favoritism, he plays his best players. So he explained how it was up to me to decide, to put the work in or be satisfied with a roster spot.”
Wyatt has also had some recent conversations with offensive coordinator Drew Mehringer.
“He said the same thing about working hard and the playing field. And he also is very heavy on character and leadership, not just playing ability,” Wyatt said.
Wyatt's recent visit to Rutgers was a productive one and has him excited about the future.
“It was great. The new coaching staff gives off great energy,” Wyatt said. “They talked to me about attitude and effort. That stuck in my head the most. Other than that, they are changing the whole program around. I love what they have planned and what they are doing now. It seems like a great place to be and that's why I'm going. I can't wait to be a part of this new spread offense.”
Wyatt is planning to get back to Rutgers for a spring practice and the Scarlet-White Spring Game.
Here is a look at highlights from Wyatt’s senior season at Overbrook.