David Summers, a two-time All-State quarterback at St. Joseph who led the Hogs to back-to-back state titles, has verbally committed to play football at Syracuse University.
Summers, 6-foot-3, 205-pound senior and three-star recruit, had previously committed to Maryland last year. But when the school fired coach D.J. Durkin in November and hired Mike Locksley from Alabama in December, Summers decided to re-open his recruitment.
He took an official visit to Syracuse this weekend, where he made his verbal commitment and confirmed the decision on Twitter Sunday night.
Excited to be part of the family Go Orange pic.twitter.com/mLqGrf7BeI
— David Summers (@David_summers12) January 27, 2019
Summers, a Fairfield resident, transferred from Warde to St. Joseph for his junior season and made an immediate impact for the Hogs.
In his first year, Summers threw for 3,227 yards and 49 touchdowns against 5 interceptions, leading St. Joseph to a 12-1 record and a Class S state championship. He was named first-team all-state in 2017 by the CHSCA, Walter Camp and the New Haven Register.
As a senior, Summers threw for 2,631 yards and 39 touchdowns against 10 interceptions, leading the Hogs to another 12-1 record and a Class M state championship. He was named 2018 Connecticut Player of the Year and first team quarterback by the CHSCA, and took home second-team all-state honors from Walter Camp and New Haven Register.
In his three years as a varsity player, Summers finished 7,567 passing yards (58 percent completion percentage), with 101 touchdowns against 27 interceptions.
At Syracuse, Summers will fill a void left by the recent transfer of redshirt freshman Chance Amie. The Orange had been left with just three quarterbacks on the roster, one of whom — Rex Culpepper — was apparently being moved to tight end, according to Syracuse.com.
The other Orange quarterbacks are redshirt sophomore Tommy DeVito, the projected starter in 2019, and projected backup and redshirt senior Clayton Welch.
National Signing Day is Wednesday, Feb. 6.