With Pac-12 schools UCLA and USC in his backyard, San Clemente (Calif.) four-star quarterback Jack Sears spurned both schools and verbally committed to Duke Monday morning. The news was reported on social media in addition to several recruiting web sites.
— Triton Football (@Tritonfootball) August 8, 2016
Sears had scholarship offers from UCLA and USC. Both came after the evaluation period in April, with the Bruins getting their offer in before the Trojans. The 6-foot-33, 200-pounder also had received interest from Arizona State, Florida State, and Tennessee.
Sears participated in Nike’s The Opening last month and at that time he listed a final four of Duke, UCLA, USC and Utah. Soon after that he settled on his top three and dropped Utah off the list.
As a junior last season, Sears completed 193-of-270 passes for 2,697 yards, 37 touchdowns and only two interceptions. He also ran for 862 yards and nine touchdowns.
The 247Sports Composite rankings has Sears as the No. 160 overall player in the nation, No. 5 pro-style quarterback in the land and No. 18 prospect in California from the class of 2017.
Duke coach David Cutcliffe continues to build the Blue Devils’ program into a solid contender. His reputation of developing quarterbacks that goes back to his days at Tennessee might have convinced Sears to cross four time zones to choose his college commitment.