LARAMIE, Wyo. - Wyoming gained another quarterback with the signing of Dax Crum, who played this past season for Mesa Community College.
Crum said he had signed scholarship papers to play for the Cowboys.
Crum, who visited the Wyoming campus last weekend, said in a telephone interview with the Laramie Boomerang that he will be enrolled at UW for the spring semester.
Crum still has three years of eligibility remaining.
"I really enjoyed the coaching staff, and I know I am going to have an opportunity to come in and compete to play right away. That was very important to me," Crum said of his decision to join the Cowboys. "Also, Wyoming is a great place to go to school. It has a great engineering school, and that was also very important to me."
The Scottsdale, Ariz., native said he will major in electrical engineering at UW.
This past fall, Crum completed 149 of 244 passes (61.1 percent) for 2,807 yards and 23 touchdowns. He threw only six interceptions in leading the Thunderbirds to an overall record of 9-2 and a 47-31 victory over Fort Scott (Kan.) in the Valley of the Sun Bowl game for junior colleges. The previous year, Mesa went 2-7.
Against Fort Scott, Crum completed 22 of 29 passes for 386 yards and four touchdowns and was named the game's Most Valuable Player.
Crum's 2007 performance earned him honorable mention Junior College All-American honors. He also was a first-team All-Western States Football League selection and was named the Co-Region I offensive Player of the Year. He shared the honors with Eastern Arizona running back Pat Riley.
Asked to describe himself as a football player, Crum said he's big and physical.
"I can throw the ball accurately and on time, and I make good decisions. Those are the three things that make me a good football player."
Crum played his prep ball at Horizon High School in Scottsdale and was recruited by a number of schools, but most backed off after Crum as involved in a traffic accident in April of his senior year.
"I made a bad decision and I have moved on. All that is in the past and I'm just so excited about the opportunity to come to Wyoming," he said.
Crum tried to make Arizona State as a walk-on after high school but left for Mesa when the Sun Devils hired Dennis Erickson as their new coach.
"Coach Erickson brought along with him some quarterbacks and I could read the writing on the wall," Crum said. "I knew I had to go someplace else so I transferred to Mesa Community College."
Following his season at Mesa Community College this past fall, the college recruiters were back knocking on his door. He said he was pursued by Colorado State, Louisville, Pittsburgh and Washington State as well as Wyoming.
Crum will have the opportunity to compete for the starting quarterback job at Wyoming this spring under new Cowboy offensive coordinator and quarterback coach Bob Cole. He will be in competition with junior incumbent Karsten Sween, senior Ian Hetrick and redshirt freshman Chris Stutzriem.
"I'm excited because Wyoming has some good players," Crum said. "There are some good receivers and some good tailbacks."