The Arizona Wildcats have found their quarterback of the future in, of all places, New Jersey.
Former Rutgers University starter Tom Savage signed transfer papers with the UA on Thursday. He will enroll in school this summer and will be eligible to play as a junior in 2012.
Coach Mike Stoops called the 6-foot-5-inch, 240-pound Savage "a great addition to our recruiting class." He earned Freshman All-America honors at Rutgers in 2009, completing 149 of 285 passes for 2,211 yards and 14 touchdowns.
"It gives us a game-experienced quarterback to compete in the near future," Stoops said. "Getting him is similar to us getting Nick (Foles) as a transfer a few years back."
Like Foles, Savage was a highly touted high school quarterback who had varying levels of success at his first school.
Savage entered the 2010 season as the projected starter but was overtaken by backup Chas Dodd in October. Savage announced his plans to transfer after the season and was cleared to visit a handful of schools, including Arizona, Miami (Fla.) and Florida. Savage arrived in Tucson on Tuesday. He flew home to Pennsylvania on Thursday after signing financial aid papers, making his transfer official.
Savage's decision will force the UA coaches to make a tough call in 2012. Savage is expected to challenge the highly regarded Daxx Garman for the starting job. Matt Scott plans to redshirt this fall; should that happen, he would compete for the starting job as a senior.
Savage is the second big-name transfer to land at the UA in as many years. Former University of Texas wide receiver Dan Buckner enrolled last January. After sitting out last fall due to transfer rules, Buckner is expected to be one of the Wildcats' top offensive options.
Tomey back in game as Hawaii assistant
Dick Tomey unretired from coaching Thursday to help out his home team.
The 72-year-old coach was named the University of Hawaii's special teams coach, bringing 40 years of experience to coach Greg McMackin's staff.
Tomey served as Hawaii's head coach from 1977 to 1986 before being hired by Arizona, where he stayed until 2000. He replaces Chris Tormey, who left his post as special teams/secondary coach for a job at Washington State.
Tomey said he's "thrilled to get the opportunity to join Coach Mack's staff," but has a lot of learning to do.
"I've admired the players and the coaches and what they accomplished last year," he said. "I'm excited to get the chance to help this team, but with that said, I have a lot to learn. I know a lot of the coaches and players, but you need to have conversations with the guys to get to know them better.
"I have a lot of players' names to learn, what they do and how they do it. But I'm excited and I can't wait."
Tomey initially retired at the end of the 2009 season, his fifth year at San Jose State. He and his wife, author Nanci Kincaid, live in Honolulu. The University of Hawaii is located in nearby Manoa.
Wildcats prepping for NFL draft combine
Four UA seniors will reunite at the NFL draft combine next week in Indianapolis.
Defensive ends Ricky Elmore, Brooks Reed and D'Aundre Reed and offensive tackle Adam Grant will all be tested and drilled in front of scouts. The combine begins Wednesday. Grant will work out for scouts Saturday, with the three defensive linemen taking their turn Monday.