Rutgers is looking an infusion of talent and experience in its efforts to begin making up ground lost to the rest of the Big Ten. Coach Greg Schiano and his staff have been active players in the transfer portal, and this week their 2020 class got a late-cycle commitment from former Nebraska quarterback Noah Vedral.
According to 247Sports, Vedral will be immediately eligible to compete for the starting job as a graduate transfer and has two years of eligibility remaining. He'll finish classes at Nebraska this month and then have the opportunity to enroll and join the Rutgers program, though he will like everyone else have to wait until the return of players to campus to meet his new teammates in person.
Vedral is a Nebraska native who committed to UCF out of high school, appearing in eight games as a true freshman back-up to starting quarterback McKenzie Milton for Scott Frost's 13-0 Knights in 2017. But when Frost left for Nebraska after the season, Vedral followed for his own homecoming of sorts. Not only is Vedral, like Frost, a native of the state, but Vedral's father Mike and three of his uncles all played football for the Huskers.
After a redshirt freshman season in 2018, Vedral appeared in six games in 2019 as a sophomore and started twice when Adrian Martinez went down with an injury. On the season he completed 34-of-52 passes for 418 yards and rushed for 106 yards with three touchdowns on the ground. With no spring practice to battle Martinez for the starting job, Vedral opted to seek another playing opportunity and put his name in the NCAA transfer portal on April 28.
Vedral immediately becomes one of the favorites to win the starting job for Rutgers and Schiano, even joining a crowded room that includes Artur Sitkowski, Johnny Langan, Evan Simon, Peyton Powell and Cole Snyder. His experience with Frost at UCF and Nebraska brings a schematic advantage when considering what kind offense Rutgers is looking to field with offensive coordinator Sean Gleeson at the helm. Prior to his hire by Schiano, Gleeson was the offensive coordinator for Mike Gundy at Oklahoma State.
The transfer also brings significant intrigue to the 2020 Big Ten schedule with Rutgers set to host Nebraska on Oct. 24.
According to 247Sports, Rutgers has now taken eight scholarship transfers in its 2020 class with all of them coming from Power Five programs and six having some experience at a Big Ten program. It seems that given the lack of on-field success at Rutgers in recent years, Schiano is looking to create a spark with experienced players from outside the program to bridge the gap until the Scarlet Knights are able to change their profile on the recruiting trail with high school prospects.