By Tod Palmer
Missouri added another quarterback in its 2016 recruiting class Thursday, announcing the signing of Long Beach (Calif.) City College freshman Jack Lowary.
Lowary is a 6-foot-4, 235-pound Huntington Beach, Calif, native, who graduated from Mater Dei High School in 2015. He will have four years to complete three seasons of eligibility.
Lowary’s junior college coach, Brett Peabody, broke the news Thursday afternoon on Twitter, and it was confirmed by Mizzou later in the day.
Lowary completed 257 of 482 passes, a 53.3-percent clip, for 3,306 yards with 28 touchdowns and 13 interceptions for Long Beach, which went 10-2 last season.
He had four 300-yard passing games, including two 400-yard efforts, and threw for at least five touchdowns in three games with the Vikings.
Lowary shows good mobility in the pocket with a strong, accurate arm downfield on film.
New Tigers offensive coordinator Josh Heupel said Wednesday during a National Signing Day ceremony at Memorial Stadium’s Columns Club in Columbia that he’d prefer to have four or five scholarship quarterbacks.
Mizzou had three, including rising sophomores Drew Lock and Marvin Zanders, after signing Lincoln Christian quarterback Micah Wilson from Tulsa on Wednesday as part of a 20-player group.
Eddie Printz, who will graduate in May and would have been a redshirt junior next season, has decided to transfer. He’ll have two years of eligibility remaining.
Maty Mauk, who would have been a senior and was 17-5 in his career as Mizzou’s starting quarterback, was dismissed Jan. 28 after repeated drug- or alcohol-related suspensions.
The addition of Lowary, who is expected to enroll after visiting Columbia this weekend and be available for spring practice, provides much-needed depth at arguably the sport’s most critical position.
Lowary was a Rivals three-star recruit coming out of Mater Dei — a private, Catholic school in Santa Ana, Calif., and a renowned football powerhouse.
Former Heisman Trophy winners Matt Leinart (2004) and John Huarte (1964) also played quarterback at Mater Dei along with USC’s Matt Barkley and former USC/Hawaii quarterback Max Wittek.
Another former Hawaii and Mater Dei quarterback, Colt Brennan, owns the Football Bowl Subdivision records for career completion percentage (70.4 percent), single-season touchdown passes (58), most touchdowns (63) and points (384) responsible for in a season.