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Minnesota Football: JUCO quarterback Victor Viramontes commits to Gophers

The Gophers add an experienced arm to their quarterback competition heading into next season

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Riverside City College quarterback Victor Viramontes has committed to play for P.J. Fleck and the Minnesota Golden Gophers while on campus for an official visit. Viramontes becomes the lone scholarship quarterback in the Gophers’ current recruiting class, aside from IMG Academy prospect Zack Annexstad, who will enroll in the fall as a preferred walk-on.

Coming out of high school, Viramontes was the 430th-ranked prospect nationally, according to 247 Sports. He was the 23rd-ranked prospect at his position and the 53rd-ranked prospect in California. His high school recruiting profile lists scholarship offers from Arizona, Cal, Colorado, Michigan, Nebraska, Utah, Washington State, and Wisconsin.

As a high school senior at Norco High School in California, Viramontes was committed to Jim Harbaugh and Michigan up until December 2015, when he decommitted for reasons that are unclear. He ended up signing with Cal on National Signing Day and redshirted in the fall. When head coach Sonny Dykes was fired at the end of the season, Viramontes elected to transfer to Riverside City College, where he spent this season.

He will have three years of eligibility at Minnesota, and with the departure of Demry Croft, Viramontes is almost certain to be the Gophers’ starting quarterback next season, barring the emergence of Seth Green or Tanner Morgan.

Get to know Vic Viramontes

Height: 6’2’’
Weight: 225
40: 4.52

Power 5 Scholarship Offers: Kansas and Ole Miss

247 Sports Composite Rating: .8778
247 Sports Scouting Report:

“Viramontes is dual threat quarterback who can beat a team with his arm or his legs. He might actually be more advanced as a runner than a pure thrower but in the right system, he can definitely play QB in college. He has the size, athleticism and toughness to move to defense as well and could end up at LB or safety. He's a very physical player, loves contact and is a highly competitive kid.”

Junior College Career

Viramontes helped lead the Riverside City College Tigers to a 10-2 record, but came up short of the state championship game after falling to Fullerton College in the semifinals. He finished the season 126-of-212 (59.4%) for 1,868 passing yards with 22 touchdowns and 11 interceptions, and rushed for a team-leading 1,346 rushing yards on 183 attempts with 21 rushing touchdowns.

He was named National Central League Offensive Player of the Year.

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