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Football

Marian QB Billy Bahl commits to Miami (Ohio)

Billy Bahl’s summer just became much less hectic.

The Marian Central senior quarterback, who had 14 NCAA Division I offers to consider, committed to Miami (Ohio) on Sunday while he was visiting the school in Oxford with his parents, Bill and Theresa.

Before returning home, Bahl told coach Chuck Martin he would become a RedHawk.

“They’ve been with me the last month and a half,” said Bahl, who threw for an area-best 2,510 yards last season. “I think they were the first team to offer who saw me throw in person. [Head] Coach [Chuck] Martin and [graduate assistant] coach Taylor [Housewright] and I have a really good relationship. I just felt like going there was going to give me the best shot to excel and for my future.”

Bahl (6-foot-4, 210 pounds) threw for 29 touchdowns with 12 interceptions and led the Hurricanes to an 8-3 record. He is the fourth consecutive Marian quarterback to go D-I, following Jon Budmayr (Wisconsin), Ben Krol (Eastern Illinois) and Chris Streveler (Minnesota).

Bahl and Marian offensive coordinator Dirk Stanger, a former D-I quarterback, spoke frequently about the recruitment process.

“We talked on a daily basis about quarterback recruiting,” Stanger said. “Once the dominoes start to fall with quarterbacks, you really have to pay attention. For the most part, everybody’s going to take one.”

Stanger said when some of those schools that offered Bahl recently received quarterback commitments, it narrowed the list.

Bahl visited six schools which had offered. This weekend’s visit was his second to Miami.

“It’s been crazy, but it’s been awesome too,” Bahl said. “It was a lot of fun and excitement. I’m kind of relieved. I’m happy to focus on my senior year and trying to get us a state championship.”

Stanger likes the situation Bahl is heading into at Miami.

“I’ve listened to Chuck Martin talk at a number of clinics and he’s a very, very brilliant coach,” Stanger said. “Billy’s been very high on them throughout the process. They have a fifth-year transfer coming in at quarterback, but the coaches really felt Billy, potentially, has the opportunity to come in there and play early.”

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