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Eddie Printz Transfers to Texas State from Mizzou

QB Eddie Printz is officially a Bobcat

Things just got a whole lot more interesting in San Marcos.

In a surprising turn of events, Missouri University quarterback Eddie Printz will be transferring to Texas State University to play out his final two years of eligibility. Printz committed to Texas State after visiting San Marcos last weekend and faxed in his Letter of Intent on Thursday, February 18, officially making him a Bobcat.

“A lot of things went into this decision,” said Printz. “The main thing that went into this decision was the coaching staff. (Offensive coordinator and quarterbacks)Coach (Brett) Elliott and (head) coach (Everett) Withers are great coaches. When I was doing chalk-talk and going through the plays with coach Elliott, I loved his schemes, I loved what he brought to the table. I’ve been in the spread offense all my life and he was talking about things that I have never heard before. I’m excited to get under him and develop as a quarterback. I think I can achieve that with this coaching staff and I believe that they are ready to win.”

Printz visited San Marcos this past weekend, February 12 to the 14th. He had visits planned with Hawaii, Southern Mississippi and Troy, but he made up his mind after visiting San Marcos and taking in the scenery, committing before he left.

“I had several visits planned, but when I committed to Texas State, I just knew that’s where I wanted to be,” said Printz. “I felt that I could achieve everything in my colligate football career that I wanted to, get developed and potentially go to the next level. When I knew I felt comfortable with Texas State, I was ready to commit… I thought the stadium was stellar. I love the press box, how it goes all the way up with the horseshoe. The weight room, everything in that complex, I thought was extremely nice. The campus is beautiful. Everything is new, clean, updated. It’s a college town; I love that about it because Columbia is a small town so I’m used to that setting. It’ll be nice to go from college town to college town, but you also have (Austin) right there. It’s a great spot, a great place to be.”

On his visit, Printz developed a deep respect for the Texas State players and coaches, especially at a dinner he shared with head coach, Everett Withers, “Coach Withers and I get along great,” said Printz. “He’s down-to-earth; he’s easy to talk to, he’s experienced, coached at all levels. We got dinner Saturday night and breakfast Sunday morning. I actually committed with him Saturday night after having a great dinner and talking with him, getting to know him as a man and his values. He has a great emphasis on grades and I feel that is extremely important. I feel like he is going to be able to develop me as a man, as much off the field as on. I feel like he gives you the full package. He says that when he is recruiting you but you actually appreciate it when you sit down to have dinner with him. I’m excited to get under him.”

He is set to graduate from Mizzou this May with a degree in business management and will enroll into Texas State’s graduate program this fall to obtain a master’s degree in business administration. Because he is graduating and enrolling into graduate school, Printz won’t have to sit out a year and will be eligible to play this season. He plans on being in San Marcos as soon as June.

After redshirting his first year at Mizzou, Printz spent the past two seasons as the Tiger’s backup quarterback. While he did play as the team’s primary holder on kicks last season, he only took nine total snaps on offense in two seasons, throwing one incomplete pass in 2014.

Despite the lack of significant playing time, Printz holds no ill will towards Missouri and even reminisced fondly on his time spent in Columbia, “I had a great experience with Mizzou,” said Printz. “I graduated high school early and, after I graduate, I will have been here for three and a half years. My time here has been great under (former head) coach (Gary) Pinkle, and now with (head) coach (Barry) Odom. I’m thankful for what they’ve given me. Even though I didn’t get on the field too much, I’ve gotten to develop plenty. I learned a lot here so I’m thankful for the experiences they’ve given me. I just didn’t get to achieve what I wanted to achieve and I feel I can finish my collegiate career strong at Texas State.”

A three-star recruit out of Lassiter high school (GA) in 2013, Printz had offers from Florida State, Auburn, UCLA, Virginia, Arkansas, Wisconsin, Kentucky, Cincinnati, Purdue, Vanderbilt and SMU, amongst several others. A desire to play in the SEC conference factored into his decision to go to Mizzou,“Why I chose Mizzou was the offense and the conference they are in,” said Printz. “I was actually recruited by (assistant head )coach (David) Yost, but he left right after I got there. At the time, it was up and coming, on the rise. They had just had the down year and I had faith that coach Pinkle could turn it around. They were in the SEC but they threw the ball. I was under (offensive coordinator and offensive line) coach (Josh) Henson and (associate head coach and wide receivers) coach (Andy) Hill at Missouri and they both have a great track record. I do feel I developed as a quarterback here.”

Tyler Jones has been the Bobcat’s main signal caller the past three seasons, even starting as a true freshman in 2013. Now that Printz will be coming to town, Jones’ starting job is in jeopardy for seemingly the first the time since he arrived in San Marcos.

Printz doesn’t appear to be too concerned with having to compete with Jones and even seemed to welcome it, “No matter where you are at, you are going to be competing,” said Printz. “Whether you’re the starter and somebody is behind you coming for your spot, or someone is transferring in, everyone wants to compete. It’s not like they aren’t competing there now. I’m not concerned about anyone’s job except for myself. I’m going to get myself ready and develop. I’m training right now, I just got finished working out. My eyes are on the prize; I’m coming. Just ready to work my tail off and let everything play out.”

Along with Printz and Jones, Connor White, L.G. Williams, Blake Pederson and incoming freshman Devin Williams are all listed as quarterbacks on the Bobcat’s roster. It wouldn’t be surprising if one or more of those six quarterbacks end up changing positions or leaving the Texas State program all together.

It’s not often a player leaves an SEC power like Mizzou for a Sun Belt team, especially a quarterback. There are many examples of how Withers and his staff have planted seeds of change in San Marcos, but this might be the best indictor of the positive effect they are having on Texas State.


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