It’s only been 13 months since Central Florida upset Baylor in the Fiesta Bowl, which led to UCF quarterback Blake Bortles becoming the third overall pick in the NFL draft last spring.
Bortles since became one of the top rookie quarterbacks in the professional ranks, and UCF needs someone to fill his shoes.
Enter Bo Schneider, who signed with the Golden Knights on Wednesday after a terrific high school career at Jesuit. In two seasons as the starter for the Rangers, Schneider passed for 76 touchdowns and more than 6,500 yards.
Last season, he was named the MVP in District 9-6A while leading all quarterbacks in the Dallas area with 3,492 yards and 45 passing touchdowns.
UCF, located in Orlando, finished with a 9-4 record last year and lost to North Carolina State in the St. Petersburg Bowl. Schneider gave his verbal commitment last summer and never wavered.
“It’s been really exciting developing relationships with all the coaches,” Schneider said. “I know they’re going to set me up for success.”
Also on Wednesday, Jesuit defensive back Josh Cummings signed with Rice, which has been to three consecutive bowl games and won a Conference USA title as recently as 2013. Last season, the Owls were 8-5 and defeated Fresno State in the Hawaii Bowl.
“It’s such a great academic institution,” said Cummings, who plans to study sports management with an emphasis on pre-med. “The football team is on the rise. It’s a school that’s a good fit both academically and athletically.”
Several other Jesuit athletes were recognized at a signing ceremony on Wednesday, including football players Garrett Amy (Air Force), Taylor Stine (Kansas), Andrew Murphy (Davidson), Nmesoma Nwafor (Tufts), and Matt Miller (Benedictine); wrestler Shane Ross (Wesleyan); soccer player Ben Sloan (Austin College); and baseball player Grant Reuben (Cisco College).