New head coach Paul Wulff is already making waves on the recruiting trail at Cal Poly. The Mustangs landed a massive commitment from former 5-star Washington quarterback Sam Huard.
— Sam Huard (@samhuard11) January 30, 2023
Huard was a 5-star prospect in the class of 2021 out of Kennedy Catholic High School in Bellevue, WA. He was the No. 12 overall prospect and the No. 3 quarterback according to the 247Sports consensus. He finished his high school career with 13,214 passing yards, which is the Washington state record for career passing yards. Huard also ranks third in Washington state history with 153 career passing touchdowns.
As a freshman, Huard was the MaxPreps National Freshman of the Year after throwing for 3,432 yards and 34 touchdowns. He followed up his outstanding freshman season by earning first team All-NPSL Mountain Division honors as a sophomore. Huard also earned MaxPreps Junior All-American honors after throwing for 4,172 yards and 56 touchdowns. Huard was named the North Puget Sound League 4A Player of the Year and earned first team All-NPSL 4A first team honors as a senior.
At Washington, Huard saw action in only five games over his two years with the Huskies. He totaled 265 passing yards with one touchdown, but struggled to find playing time behind Michael Penix Jr. this past season. Penix led Power-5 with 4,641 passing yards last season and announced his return for the 2023 season, which played a part in Huard’s decision.
The relationship between Huard and new offensive coordinator Sheldon Cross played a major role in Huard’s transfer to Cal Poly. Cross coached at Kennedy Catholic when Sam Huard was resetting the record books at the high school level.
Huard will have three years of eligibility at Cal Poly and will participate in Spring Camp that begins on April 4. He will compete against Jaden Jones and Spencer Brasch for the starting quarterback position next season.
The Mustangs will start the Wulff era on September 2 against Central Washington to open the 2023 season.