Gophers Land ’23 Rising QB Prospect, Drew Viotto

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Along with the rest of college football, PJ Fleck and the Minnesota Gophers coaching staff are in full-blown recruiting mode. And on Friday morning, their long nights and early mornings paid some dividends when 2023 3-star (.8416) high school quarterback, Drew Viotto, announced his verbal commitment to the Golden Gophers.

The 6’4″, 215 lb QB is originally from Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Thus the nickname “Canadian Cannon“. Viotto was previously committed to Eastern Michigan but all signs pointed to Viotto’s flip, when he decommitted earlier this week. Drew’s first visit to Minnesota’s campus won’t come until June but he didn’t need to see Dinkytown before he announced his plans. Viotto held recruiting offers from Maryland and Syracuse, among others.

Underrated?

Down the road, Drew Viotto could look like an underecruited steal. He’s an uber-talented late-riser who sat behind a star QB, as a high school underclassman. Viotto has the ultimate QB build but didn’t get a chance to perform for scouts until this past season, as a Junior. So if he continues to rise this fall, we’ll see if PJ Fleck and Co. can hang onto him.

According to 247Sports, Kirk Ciarrocca fell for Viotto when he watched him throw in a downpour.

Minnesota offered Viotto after watching him throw in a down pour. Similar to how he stuck it out at Western, others may have canceled that work out or moved it inside, but Viotto did not complain one bit and went out and threw the ball as if it was 70 degrees and sunny. And he truly excelled in that workout. He threw it extremely well. The mettle and the intangibles he showed then were arguably just as impressive as the velocity or spin on the ball though. He has been a diligent worker throughout his career. He definitely loves football and is dedicated to the craft.

Allen Trieu – 247Sports

What the Tape Says

Viotto’s Junior tape is impressive and tells us a few things. Obviously, we take all highlight reels with a grain of salt. But Drew clearly moves around in the pocket really well. He isn’t mobile, which is noted by 247Sports, but his high school film shows a kid who is very aware of what’s going on around him inside the pocket and where to move if he needs space.

His throwing motion is something to watch. Viotto appears accurate and powerful but he throws with a bit of a chicken wing. It reminds me of Philip Rivers. Viotto is the 8th commit of the 2023 recruiting class for PJ Fleck. A class that currently ranks 18th in the country, according to 247Sports Composite ratings.

Eric Strack | Minnesota Sports Fan

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