By: Chris Gates

PITTSBURGH (93-7 The FAN) — Former Rutgers and Arizona quarterback Tom Savage has been mentioned as possibly transferring to Pitt.

Who mentioned it? Well, he did.

In a few random tweets Monday afternoon, Savage hinted that he’s looking to returning to Pennsylvania and could be transferring to Pitt.

Savage first tweeted that it was “time to get my priorities straightened out.” He followed up that tweet with “University of Pittsburgh Panthers.”

Savage is an interesting case, and there’s reason for Pitt fans to have a little excitement if he indeed is transferring to Pitt. He was a four-star recruit coming out of high school in 2008 and started as a freshman at Rutgers. He was fairly productive in his first season.

He lost the starting job to Chas Dodd in his sophomore season and chose to transfer to Arizona.

Problem is, a coaching change there brought in Rich Rodriguez. That has apparently nudged Savage towards transferring once again, though he insists that’s not the case, and it appears he could land at Pitt.

Savage is originally from Philadelphia and has said he wants to transfer closer to home for family reasons.

It’s unclear what he’s got in the tank wherever he lands. He came out of high school as a top prospect. He was surprisingly successful early on in his career, and Pitt coach Paul Chryst has a track record of getting a lot out of his quarterbacks.

On the flip side, he seemed to regress in his sophomore season and hasn’t played for a year. He’ll likely have to sit out an extra year unless he’s granted a waiver by the NCAA that lets him play in 2012. That means likely two full years without competition.

Pitt has quarterback problems, so adding Savage would be welcome. It’s hard to say how he’d fit in if he transfers to Pitt, with Tino Sunseri as the probable starter and Chad Voytik waiting in the wings.

He’ll have one year left either way. It should be interesting to see how this all plays out.

Chris Gates | Area 4-1-Zoo Blog