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Monday, February 4, 2013
Juco QB McEvoy makes his commitment

By Erik McKinney

Junior college quarterback Tanner McEvoy (Hillsdale, N.J./Arizona Western College) was one of the most sought-after uncommitted recruits at his position as signing day approached. A quarterback with three years to play three seasons, capable of stepping in and pushing for early playing time, McEvoy narrowed his choices to a final four that included Florida, Oregon, West Virginia and Wisconsin.

After official visits to Wisconsin and Florida last week, McEvoy announced his decision on Monday.

Tanner McEvoy
Tanner McEvoy, shown in South Carolina's spring game in 2012, is headed for Wisconsin.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound quarterback will be a Badger.

"I wanted to take all my visits so I could have all the cards out on the table," McEvoy said. "Wisconsin seemed to have the best opportunity. It's a great team and a great school. I have a great relationship with the coaches and the players."

A mid-week visit to Wisconsin was big for McEvoy, as it was his first time on the Madison, Wis., campus.

"I was really surprised how big it was and how much they love their football," he said. "I was surprised how big the city was and how big the student body was. Football-wise, they are a great team with a great tradition. There is a new set of coaches that wants to do more there."

McEvoy said that in the end it was a difficult decision, and while all four of his finalists are great programs, he felt that he was more of a backup option at Florida and Oregon.

He said he looks forward to getting out to Wisconsin this summer to compete for the starting position.

"Wisconsin is traditionally more of a pro team -- one of the best at running power," McEvoy said. "They have the running backs, the line and the wide receivers, but last year it seemed like they couldn't find a quarterback to round it out.

"The coaches said that the offense this year is going to involve some shotgun and some quarterback runs. They are going to play to the strength of their players."