Wisconsin doesn’t yet have a quarterback as part of their 2013 class, but they’ve already got a jump start on 2014 with the commitment of Chance Stewart, a 6’6 quarterback from Sturgis, Michigan.
Stewart only had one other scholarship offer on the table – that being from Western Michigan – but with two more seasons of high school football yet to play, interest was bound to heat up but the Badgers appear to have beaten everyone else to the punch.
Last season as a sophomore, Stewart passed for 1,361 yards and 16 touchdowns and even with two more seasons yet to develop, Stewart didn’t see any reason to wait on making his announcement. “It wasn’t so much that I wanted to rush into it, but Wisconsin, I love the place. I told my parents, ‘Why wait? I want to commit,” Steward said upon making his announcement.
Stewart’s commitment certainly had to be welcomed news in Madison. Wisconsin is coming off two highly successful seasons but haven’t exactly hit any home runs recruiting quarterbacks in recent seasons. While it’s far too early to make any proclamations in regards to Stewart, it definitely gives Wisconsin a head start from where they’ve been in the recent past.
The Badgers were forced to rely on a transfer at quarterback last season and will likely do the same in 2012, as well. Russell Wilson came to Madison last year from North Carolina State with only one season of eligibility and led Wisconsin to the Big Ten title and second straight Rose Bowl appearance.
Maryland transfer Danny O’Brien will likely take the reins of the Badger’s offense this season after announcing he would follow in Wilson’s footsteps back in March. O’Brien has two seasons of eligibility remaining and assuming all goes well this year, he’ll more than likely be under center again in 2013.
O’Brien’s departure would then seemingly open the door for a quarterback competition prior to the 2014 season coinciding with Stewart’s arrival on campus.
Relying on transfers has worked in Wisconsin’s favor to this point, but it’s also playing with fire and not something you’d like to make your living doing, especially at such an important position.
Two years is an eternity in college football, but with Stewart already in the fold, Wisconsin can breath just a little bit easier knowing they have a key piece to their future success already on board.