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Stewart Turns Down BCS For Western

Western Michigan has scored a nice quarterback pledge from Sturgis (Mich.) High standout Chance Stewart.

Former Wisconsin QB commit Chance Stewart will play his college football at Western Michigan.

The 6-foot-5, 210-pound Stewart pulled the trigger for the Broncos during a visit to campus on Thursday.

“I’m thrilled and excited to join the family and really start the new tradition at Western Michigan,” Stewart told 247Sports on Wednesday.

A former Wisconsin commit, Stewart reopened the recruiting process following former head coach Bret Bielema’s departure to Arkansas after the regular season. Besides the Badgers, Stewart also had offers from Illinois and Toledo. He is ranked by 247Sports as the nation’s No. 22 pro-style quarterback overall.

Stewart becomes commit No. 5 for the Broncos in the class-of-2014, joining offensive tackle Chuckwuma Okorafor, athlete Robert Spillane and tight ends Jordan Van Dort and Lucas Bezerra. He is excited to suit up for first-year coach P.J. Fleck.

“I knew from the first time I met Coach Fleck it was going to be a good fit,” Stewart said. “When I met him and Coach (Kirk) Ciarrocca, I just knew it was going to be a perfect fit. I’ve been thinking about it a lot lately and I was like why wait? When I talk to Coach Fleck, I see how committed he is and how dedicated he is to Western Michigan football. He has such a passion for football and it seemed like a perfect fit. I really enjoy everything they’re doing, it’s a unique offense, and I decided to pull the plug on recruiting.”

Stewart is a three-year starter at Sturgis and has helped turnaround what was a struggling program and made them a playoff team. As a junior, he threw for 1,300 yards and 10 touchdowns while adding another four rushing scores. In his prep career, he’s thrown for 4,525 yards and 39 touchdowns.

Western Michigan is just an hour away from where Stewart lives.

“It’s kind of exciting knowing my family and close friends will be able to come see me play every Saturday right down the road,” Stewart said.

For a complete look at Western Michigan’s recruiting class, click here.

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