- Ted Miller, ESPN Staff Writer
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While it feels like Connor Wood is going to be Colorado's starting quarterback in 2013, due to a good spring as well as attrition at the position, the Buffaloes haven't quit looking for help behind center.
The Buffs announced Monday the signing of Jordan Gehrke, a second-team all-region performer at Scottsdale Community College as a freshman last fall. He becomes the 21st recruit in the first class signed by coach Mike MacIntyre.
Gehrke, who won’t turn 19 until late July, will have four years to play three.
Last fall, Gehrke helped Scottsdale CC lead the nation in passing yards (355.2 per game), completing 174 of 366 passes for 2,388 yards and 22 touchdowns. He completed 51.8 percent of his passes and threw 14 interceptions. His top game came in the season finale, a 71-29 win over Phoenix College, when he was 29-of-43 for 384 yards and seven touchdowns with three interceptions.
“He’s very athletic, extremely accurate, can make all the throws and is a bright young man in regards to football and in the classroom,” MacIntyre said in a statement released by the school.
At Scottsdale’s Notre Dame Prep, Gehrke was a second-team all-state and a first-team All-II Section III performer as a senior, when he completed 134 of 250 passes for 2,012 yards and 23 touchdowns with 10 interceptions. He also rushed for 133 yards and scored twice.
The Buffs were looking to add depth at QB after Nick Hirschman opted to transfer to Akron, despite being in a dead heat with Wood after spring practices, according to MacIntyre, and a knee injury to Jordan Webb. Webb's situation is further complicated by an off-field fight in tandem with offensive lineman Alex Lewis, who is transferring to Nebraska.
Also in the mix at QB are redshirt freshman Shane Dillon and touted incoming freshman Sefo Liufau.