Make us your home page

Jesuit QB Tommy Eveld to join Bulls as walk-on



USF football has picked up another quarterback for 2012, as Tampa Jesuit senior Tommy Eveld accepted an offer Thursday night to join the Bulls as a preferred walk-on.


Eveld, who was weighing USF's walk-on opportunity against small-school offers, will join the team with the rest of USF's incoming recruiting class in July and go with the Bulls to preseason camp in Vero Beach.

"I knew I wanted to play Division I football somewhere, and I've always wanted to go to USF," said Eveld, who told USF quarterbacks coach Peter Vaas of his decision Thursday night. "(Vaas) said he was real excited and they're glad to have me."

He's the second quarterback to accept a walk-on offer from the Bulls in the last two weeks, joining Palmetto's Trenton Miller. Eveld is hoping to follow in the same path as his brother Bobby, who walked on with the Bulls in 2010 and earned a scholarship after just one semester. Bobby Eveld has been the top backup to USF starter B.J. Daniels for the past two seasons, stepping in as a starter twice when Daniels was sidelined by injuries.

Tommy had a grayshirt offer from Western Kentucky to join their program in January, as well as offers from lower-division programs such as Division II's Merrimack and John Carroll and Division III Heidelberg, but said he's unlikely to change his mind even if other offers come in the coming months.

"Committing is committing. My dad says this, too -- we don't really understand what the word "uncommit" means," he said. "That just means you were never committed in the first place."

As it stands, USF could have as many as six quarterbacks in camp this fall -- Daniels, Bobby Eveld, redshirt freshman Matt Floyd, the two incoming freshman walk-ons and returning walk-on Baylin Trujillo, who joined the team last fall.

[Last modified: Thursday, February 9, 2012 11:22pm]


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours