Rutgers will open the 2016 football season with a new head coach. Now they’ll be doing so without their top incoming freshman quarterback prospect, too.
On Monday, Anthony Russo, an Elite 11 quarterback who starred for Archbishop Wood in Pennsylvania, announced on Twitter that he would no longer be committed to Rutgers. The senior first pledged his future to the Scarlet Knights in May, but determined that he needed to consider other options.
You can read Russo’s entire statement immediately below.
While the precise reason for Russo’s about face remains unknown, it’s likely that it was connected to the arrival of new Rutgers coach Chris Ash, who plans to install a spread-option offensive attack. That’s not a system that is best suited to Russo, who is more of a drop back, pro-style passer. Where Russo ends up now is a legitimate mystery, though both UConn and Temple have offered a very active pursuit of the senior.
The one thing that does seem likely is that Russo’s next school won’t be Rutgers.