Michigan Interested in Tom Savage

Submitted by Tim on January 23rd, 2011 at 7:02 PM

(HT: On The Banks)

Those who have been following recruiting for a couple years may remember Tom Savage from the class of 2009, who Michigan would have shown interest in - and maybe have had a good shot at landing - if they'd still been running a pro-style offense. He was a 4-star prospect from the Philadelphia area.

Well, Savage ended up signing with Rutgers, but after a couple seasons in Piscataway, he's looking to transfer to another D-1 school. From the Miami Herald:

Besides also recruiting Orlando-area quarterback/Wake Forest oral commitment Kevin Sousa, UM [YTM] called the high school coach of Tom Savage to express interest in the 2008 high school All-American quarterback who is transferring from Rutgers, according to his father. "Tom likes Miami. They have a great coaching staff," Savage Sr. said. But his son cannot speak with schools until Rutgers grants written permission. Rutgers has so far denied Savage permission to speak with UM, but that is being appealed. UF, FSU and Michigan were among others who called Savage’s coach.

Should Savage choose to transfer to Michigan, he'd have to sit out a year, then have two seasons of eligibility remaining.


James Burrill Angell

January 23rd, 2011 at 8:36 PM ^

Doesn't add up. Why would he transfer here if he knows that once he gets here, sits a year, he's still got one year of Denard's eligibility left and two to three of Devin Gardners (depending on if he redshirts.

Doesn't add up unless the guy is comfortable being a backup (in which case, why not stay at Rutgers). I suspect we'll have to live on the thin end of the spectrum and try like hell to land someone in the 2012 class.


January 23rd, 2011 at 7:14 PM ^

In the article it also notes that Bolden and Newsome are apparently staying in Happy Valley.  Perhaps PSU won't be so screwed after all.

As for Savage, I don't see why he'd want to come to Michigan if he doesn't want to sit.  Most likely he'd have to sit until Denard graduates, so he'd be a 5th year senior before getting a shot (he is a true soph).

Hardware Sushi

January 23rd, 2011 at 7:39 PM ^

Yes, that's part of the story. The story also includes Joe Pa's reasoning being that Bolden and Newsome would be wise to at least wait and see where they stand on the PSU depth chart and how they feel about their situation after spring football, since the first chance they have to play whether they transfer now or in May is the fall of 2012.

Not that Joe Pa is right, but it's not like he's ruining their chance at a college career. They're still getting a free education, room, board, and stipend, which is still much better than those who are greyshirted in the SEC, and they can still transfer in May and be in the exact same situation as if they did it now.

Hardware Sushi

January 24th, 2011 at 2:40 PM ^

True, they do miss this spring practice, although they'll still be getting summer camp, fall practice, winter workouts, spring practice '12, and summer camp '12 before potentially playing.

They miss a spring practice opportunity, yes. Personally, taking one's time to make the right decision is more important down the road than hastily transferring to make sure you're at spring practice.


January 24th, 2011 at 12:46 AM ^

Kevin Newsome isn't that great of a QB.  I never understood why we wanted him so bad.  He's going to be 3rd or 4th guy his entire career at Penn St.  Bolden will flip between #1 and 2 until he officially locks the starting spot.  Interesting situation over there.


January 23rd, 2011 at 7:59 PM ^

I'd be really happy if Savage were to transfer to Michigan.  He obviously couldn't play in 2011, but would provide big-time depth in 2012.  However, the fact that he'd be most likely sitting behind Denard and then battling Devin for the starting spot in 2013 makes me think he'd probably go elsewhere, to a program where he'd have a better shot at starting sooner.


January 23rd, 2011 at 7:10 PM ^

he has talent.  Big strong armed kid who apparently fell out of favor with the Rutgers coaching staff.  I believe that he hasn't redshirted and saw time as a true freshman.


January 23rd, 2011 at 8:35 PM ^

His problems started in pre-season camp. Dodd was nipping at his heels then and Savage didn't handle it well.Once the season started he played poorly before he got hurt and Dodd took over and never gave it up. But the door wasn't shut by any means. It would have been an open competition for the starting job this Fall but Savage just didn't want to fight for it. Schiano even made it easier for him to stay by firing their moron OC who was too obsessed with the wildcat and hired Frank Cignetti from Pitt. He is a straight up pro style OC who would have been perfect for Tom. But he left anyway. I really question the kid's heart to be honest.  


January 23rd, 2011 at 7:46 PM ^

He's a tall, big and has strong arm in the mold of Lloyd Carr type QB.  He hasn't redshirted and will have 2 years of eligiblity wherever he decides to transfer.  He was a 4* recruit and had a lot of upside as a pocket passer.

Moe Greene

January 23rd, 2011 at 7:30 PM ^

This is making my head spin:

The guy we recruited until RR came to town might come back.

The staff may also have tried to get the guy RR recruited back.

I think we'll end up signing a guy named Juan Navarre. Who'd really know?

ND Sux

January 23rd, 2011 at 8:09 PM ^

Seriously?  Consider our luck with injuries lately.  I realize the QB's won't run as much in the future, but if Denard / Devin got hurt, I believe that leaves Kennedy.  No offense meant to him, but being down to the LAST QB on the bench would make me very nervous.