The San Diego State Aztecs have secured the commitment of graduate transfer quarterback Chris Laviano, who played at Rutgers for the past three seasons. Expected to compete for the starting quarterback position, Laviano is coming off having been the man under center for the Scarlet Knights for the majority of the past two years.
The Long Island native announced during the season his intention to transfer as a graduate student in 2017. He played seven games at quarterback for the Scarlet Knights last year, completing just 48.3 percent of his passes, while he threw five touchdowns and two interceptions.
His best season on campus with Rutgers came when he was a junior in 2015, when he played 12 games under center, completed 60.9 percent of his passes and threw for 16 touchdowns to go with 12 interceptions.
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Coming out of Holy Trinity HS in 2013, Laviano received offers from Miami, Tennessee and Boston College, before ultimately settling on Rutgers. Ranked as a three-star recruit and the third-best player in the state of New York in his class, Laviano has now switched coasts entirely for his graduate student season, joining San Diego State.
The Aztecs are on the heels of an 11-3 season which saw them finish the year ranked in the Top 25. Winners of the Mountain West Championship Game, the team will have to chose at quarterback between Laviano and the team’s starter from last year, Christian Chapman. With the departure of the Chargers from the San Diego market, the Aztecs instantaneously become the hottest football attraction in the city.