For the second time in two years, the Arizona Wildcats have landed a quarterback from Big Ten country.
Ross Oltorik confirmed Tuesday that he will transfer to Arizona from Ohio State. Oltorik should be formally admitted to the UA today; he is expected to join the team when training camp starts Aug. 5. Per NCAA rules, Oltorik must redshirt this fall.
Oltorik is "very excited about Arizona," he said via text message. But he will not comment further until he is cleared by the UA's compliance department.
The 6-foot-2-inch, 210-pound Oltorik was a two-sport athlete at Cincinnati's Archbishop Moeller High School before enrolling at Ohio State in 2008 on a baseball scholarship. He joined the Buckeyes' football team as a walk-on that fall and dressed for the team's Fiesta Bowl game against Texas. Oltorik did not play football last fall, and a rotator cuff problem kept him off the baseball field this spring.
Oltorik is expected to focus on football at the UA. He will be eligible to play from 2011 to 2013.
He is the second quarterback in recent years to transfer from a Big Ten school to Arizona. Nick Foles left Michigan State in the summer of 2008, lured to Tucson by the promise of more playing time. He redshirted that fall, then unexpectedly earned the Wildcats' starting job.
Foles led the UA to an 8-5 record and a berth in the Holiday Bowl last season, and he is expected to be among the Pac-10's top quarterbacks as a junior.