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Indiana football: Former Ohio quarterback Kurtis Rourke commits

Cigs gets a QB.

NCAA Football: Ohio at San Diego State Orlando Ramirez-USA TODAY Sports

New Indiana football head coach Curt Cignetti has another big portal add in former Ohio University quarterback Kurtis Rourke.

The 2022 Mid-America Conference Offensive Player of the Year announced his commitment earlier today via Twitter:

Rourke entered the transfer portal earlier this month after wrapping up a five-year career in Athens. He was QB1 in hunter green and white from 2020 thru 2023.

During his time with the Bobcats, Rourke totaled 7,650 passing yards, 50 touchdowns, and 16 interceptions. He is the second player to commit to Cignetti’s staff from another school after former Wake Forest running back Justice Ellison.

Rourke, a 6-5, 231-pound pro-style QB joins new co-offensive coordinator/quarterbacks coach Tino Sunseri’s room after a 2023 campaign in which he threw for 2,207 yards with eleven scores and five picks.

The Oakville, Ontario native is expected to compete with the likes of soon-to-be redshirt sophomore Tayven Jackson, redshirt sophomore Broc Lowry, redshirt senior Blaze McKibbin, and redshirt junior Roman Purcell to be Indiana’s 2024 starter.

Rourke’s commitment is timely and comes eight days after Brendan Sorsby, who finished 2023 as the Hoosiers’ starter, landed at Cincinnati via the transfer portal. Former Indiana quarterback Dexter Williams II, another starting-caliber signal caller, is still in the portal as of Thursday evening.

Lots of roster spots left to be filled, but Cignetti’s off to a great start in Bloomington. Landing Rourke and retaining OT Carter Smith should pay dividends.