Former Syracuse signal caller Tommy DeVito is sticking with the orange and blue but at a different school. DeVito announced yesterday on his Twitter page his intentions to join the Fighting Illini.
The Don Bosco High School product accumulated 3,866 passing yards and 4,084 yards of total offense with 28 pass touchdowns and 12 interceptions. DeVito struggled to stay healthy and find consistency in his time on the Hill. The former four-star will look to live up to his lofty expectations coming out of prep school.
Illinois had a solid 5-7 season in its first year under Bret Bielema. The Fighting Illini deploy a pro style offense which is predicated on the run. It’s the same system Bielema used when he was the head man at Wisconsin. The philosophy is different from what DeVito played in at Syracuse, but it allows the quarterback to still move the ball down the field through the air.
The New Jersey native enters a friendly situation as incumbent starter Brandon Peters has exhausted all of his eligibility. Backup quarterback and Rutgers transfer Artur Sitkowski returns to Champaign for another season. This figures to be a battle between him and DeVito for the QB1 spot. Sitkowski passed for 704 yards in 2021 but registered just a 50% completion percentage with six touchdowns and a pair of interceptions. This is certainly a battle that DeVito can win.