Piscataway, NJ, United States (4E Sports) – Former LSU Tigers quarterback Hayden Rettig committed Thursday to Rutgers, where he is expected to compete for the starting job in 2015.
“I wanted to be at a place where I was needed and they have competition next year,” said Rettig.
A former four-star recruit out of California, Rettig slipped to No. 3 on LSU’s depth chart, behind an incoming freshman during spring practice. He was 1-for-2 for 47 yards passing in limited action during LSU’s spring game.
Rettig, who will report back to campus June 22, said that other than his big arm, ability to escape when needed and good footwork, he has leadership sense that every good quarterback needs to bring to the table.
He took an official visit to Rutgers on Tuesday and Wednesday and raved about the great coaching staff, great fans and great education.
Rettig must sit out the 2014 season but will have three years of eligibility.
“I just want to master my craft and learn the offense,” said Rettig, who treats his one year off as a blessing in disguise to get to learn the whole offense and master his craft.
Rising senior Gary Nova is likely to be Rutgers’ 2014 starter.
Rutgers was in desperate need of another quarterback following the recent dismissal of Philip Nelson, who is facing criminal assault charges.