Report: Arizona lands a transfer quarterback from Ohio Stateby Anthony Gimino on Jun. 29, 2010, under Sports
Ross Oltorik, a former pitcher and walk-on quarterback at Ohio State, is transferring to Arizona to play football for the Wildcats, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer.
Oltorik will take summer classes at UA next month and then have to sit out the 2010 season under transfer rules. The story says he will be a redshirt sophomore in 2011 (but might he be a redshirt junior?).
Oltorik, from Moeller High in Cincinnati, arrived at Ohio State on a baseball scholarship and as an invited walk-on in football. He pitched in 11 games in 2009 for the Buckeyes, with a 1-1 record and a 9.58 ERA in 31 innings.
He suffered a rotator cuff injury before the 2010 baseball season and did not play.
Oltorik, listed at 6-foot-2, 210 pounds, was a two-star football recruit as rated by Rivals.com. He did not play in 2008 for Ohio State as a fourth-string quarterback and was not with the football team in spring or fall 2009 as he concentrated on baseball.
The Enquirer story says that Oltorik is the career leading passer at Moeller High with more than 5,000 yards. Out of high school, he was considered a pro-style quarterback, although his athletic skills showed up in the running game, too. As a senior, he passed for 2,704 yards and 22 touchdowns, also rushing for 380 yards and six scores.
It was not immediately known if he will be on a football scholarship at Arizona, or if he is an invited walk-on.