The high school football recruiting process has accelerated to the point where even freshmen are being offered collegiate athletic scholarships. In this day and age, with the amount of competition that comes along with current recruiting methods, schools are forced to offer players earlier than years past – especially at the quarterback position – if they hope to be competitive.
Tuesday, Pope John XXIII (Sparta, N.J.) freshman quarterback, Sonny Abramson, took an unofficial visit to Rutgers and was joined by his head coach Brian Carlsen, his father, and teammate Ryan Izzo, who recently picked up an offer from the Scarlet Knights this past Saturday. Abramson had been on-campus for previous occasions but none more special than today's.
"I was at Rutgers today and received a scholarship," Abramson told NJ.com. "Coach Flood pulled me and my dad into his office and he started talking about what Rutgers stood for, the school in general, what they are looking for and the kids they want to bring in. And in the middle of the conversation, he just came out and told me I had an offer there."
"It's great, it's so exciting," he said. "This has been something I have been working towards for nine years now. I love to work and this is a huge reward for all of that. It just makes me want to work even harder so I can keep getting even better."
Stanford, Michigan, Penn State, Notre Dame, Virginia Tech, Boston College, Michigan State and Duke are all diligently recruiting Abramson, which put Rutgers in a position to offer early in order to have a legitimate shot at attaining his services, three years down the road.
"They say they like my intelligence on the field and my ability to read and react to situations and make the defense move when I want them to," he said. "I am good at getting the defense out of position and getting my receivers open," he said.
"I love it, Izzo is huge for me to have," said Abramson of his 6-6 tight end target. "He and I have really developed some trust over the past year. We are on the same wavelength, a lot. I know where he's going and he knows where I want to throw it. He's great to have. He's big and can move. He has great football intelligence.
"I also have Noah Brown who obviously is a stud," he continued. "And I have a sophomore receiver named Austin Bailey. He's crazy fast and he has football intelligence, too. And we have our running back involved in the passing game as well. We have a ton of weapons."
"We run the spread. Coach wanted to implement a college-like offense. It's pretty complex, actually, said the freshman star. "I love to throw what's called a cowboy route for us, or get open. It's just like a curl. The concept is basically to read the defense and hit the open man. I love to throw that route. Another route I love is the hitch and go. Gotta love the double move deep routes."