The best quarterback in Pennsylvania is getting ready to make a very early decision, unlike his predecessor from the class of 2008, Terrelle Pryor. In fact, Philadelphia (Pa.) Cardinal O'Hara 2009 quarterback Tom Savage will be making his decision less than a month after Pryor made his. The 6-foot-3, 229-pounder is set to announce his decision on for Friday.
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"I wanted to get things over with early so I could enjoy my senior year and not have to worry about it all," said Savage, the No. 24 player in the country. "I expected to make it in like June or July but I'm ready now so it'll happen Friday at 2 p.m."
A local paper already reported that a source close to the situation has said that Rutgers will be the choice, but Savage isn't ready to say that yet. Savage has offers from major programs like Miami, Florida State, Tennessee, Michigan, Penn State, Georgia and others.
"It's kind of annoying to see that out there that I'm going to Rutgers without me saying anything but I guess with the process becoming so big and starting so soon, everyone wants news," he said. "I have a lot of great options but my final five are Rutgers, Georgia, Miami, Tennessee and Louisville and everyone will find out tomorrow."
Savage, who played in only six games last season due to injury, has visited numerous schools and has compared many different campuses.
"I've been to Miami, NC State, Rutgers, Tennessee, Georgia and a bunch of others so I've seen a lot," he said. "I just know I've found a school that I feel comfortable with, I like the coaching staff and the offense they run and I just feel there's no reason delaying the decision any longer. I felt it when I was there."
Many observers think it will come down to Georgia and Rutgers with most expected Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano to be a very happy man come Friday.
"I'm not saying until tomorrow," Savage said. "I haven't contacted any of the other schools so it wouldn't be fair to them. I plan on doing that today or tomorrow and then I'll announce."
If Savage does pick Rutgers, it will be the biggest out-of-state commitment for Schiano since arriving in Piscataway, at least on paper. Certainly Brian Leonard and Ray Rice from New York have had an incredible impact on the Rutgers program, but neither was as highly regarded as Savage coming out of high school and neither played quarterback. If Rutgers does land Savage, watch for some other top Scarlet Knight targets to either fall in line soon or at the very least increase their interest level.
As a junior, Savage threw for 803 yards and eight touchdowns in limited action. He possesses a strong arm, great size and strength and good pocket awareness. He was one of the top performers at the U.S. Army All American junior combine in San Antonio, Texas in January.