Ex-Washington QB Sam Huard, former 5-star recruit, commits to Cal Poly

One of many prime quarterback recruits within the 2021 class is dropping right down to the FCS stage.

Sam Huard, a one-time five-star recruit who spent the previous two seasons as a backup at Washington, introduced Monday that he’ll proceed his faculty profession at Cal Poly. Cal Poly is positioned in San Luis Obispo, California, and performs within the Huge Sky Convention.

Huard, a Washington native, was rated No. 17 overall in his recruiting class by Rivals. Solely 4 QBs have been rated forward of Huard, together with Heisman winner Caleb Williams and Quinn Ewers.

Huard noticed some enjoying time in 2021 as a real freshman, finishing 22 of 42 passes for 241 yards, one touchdowns and 4 interceptions.

Final season, he was a backup behind Michael Penix Jr. for the Huskies. Penix threw for 4,641 yards and 31 touchdowns for first-year coach Kalen DeBoer and is ready to return for an additional season. With enjoying time unlikely, Huard determined to enter the switch portal.

Washington quarterback Sam Huard passes against Washington State during the first half of an NCAA college football game, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Washington quarterback Sam Huard passes in opposition to Washington State through the first half of an NCAA faculty soccer sport, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021, in Seattle. (AP Photograph/Ted S. Warren)

Huard set to reunite along with his highschool head coach

Huard is the son of former Washington and NFL quarterback Damon Huard and the nephew of Brock Huard, the Fox analyst who additionally performed QB at UW and within the NFL. At Cal Poly, he’ll reunite along with his former highschool head coach, Sheldon Cross.

Cross coached Huard at Kennedy Catholic Excessive Faculty in Burien, Washington. He’s the brand new offensive coordinator at Cal Poly beneath head coach Paul Wulff. Huard threw for 13,214 yards and 153 touchdowns at Kennedy Catholic, all beneath Cross.

Huard’s relationship with Cross and his consolation enjoying in his offensive system performed a serious function in selecting Cal Poly as his switch vacation spot.

“Clearly the connection with coach Cross I’ve had all through my highschool profession and simply how a lot he pushed me to develop as an individual and as a participant … I do know I’ve acquired a lot belief in him,” Huard mentioned Monday morning via the Seattle Times. “A possibility to go play for him once more, it was undoubtedly onerous to cross up. Then once I went down there on my go to final week, feeling the help and the belief and the love from all of the coaches and the mentality of them and all the blokes on the workforce, there’s such a starvation to go construct one thing particular down there. It’s a tremendous group of individuals. I simply felt proper at residence with them. I’m tremendous excited to have the ability to work with them and go give all the pieces I’ve to that workforce and that program.”

Wulff, the previous head coach at Washington State, was Cal Poly’s offensive line coach for the previous three seasons. He was promoted to move coach in December when Beau Baldwin left this system to turn out to be the offensive coordinator at Arizona State.

The Mustangs went 2-9 general and 1-7 in Huge Sky motion final fall.

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