Junior college QB commits to Boise State

Brian Murphy
© 2014 Idaho Statesman

After a big recruiting weekend, the Boise State football team filled one big-time need Sunday morning. Butte (Calif.) College quarterback Tommy Stuart committed to the Broncos after visiting the school over the weekend.

Stuart, who led Butte to the national championship as a freshman, will begin school Tuesday and participate in spring practice. Stuart has four years to play three, meaning he can redshirt at Boise State.

Stuart would not say if he has been offered a scholarship or is coming to Boise State as a walk-on.

“I’m not allowed to talk about that right now,” he said.

The Broncos have a huge void at quarterback after the transfers of Jimmy Laughrea (UC Davis) and Nick Patti (undecided). Boise State has only given Patti permission to discuss transferring to Central Florida, but the Broncos do not expect Patti to return to the program.

The Broncos have just two scholarship quarterbacks (senior Grant Hedrick and redshirt freshman Ryan Finley) on the roster. Boise State is expected to sign a high school quarterback in this class as well.

Stuart, a 6-foot, 195-pounder from Maryland, did not have any Football Bowl Subdivision offers out of high school. He did have several Football Championship Subdivision offers. Stuart said he chose Butte for its history of producing FBS quarterbacks, including Green Bay Packers’ star Aaron Rodgers.

“It’s been a journey,” Stuart said.

He won the starting job this summer at Butte and guided the team to a 12-0 record. Butte set school records for points and total offense.

Stuart said his father played special teams on Idaho State’s 1981 national championship team.

“I wouldn’t say we know Idaho too well, but we’ve been out here before. It’s exciting for me and my family,” he said. “I can’t wait to get out here.”

Sports columnist Brian Murphy writes about all sports in the Treasure Valley with a concentration on Boise State football and men's basketball. Murph has been with the Statesman since 2005. You can follow him on Twitter @MurphsTurph.

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