Drew Bledsoe's QB son, John Bledsoe, commits to Northern Arizona before FBS offers arrive

Drew Bledsoe's QB son, John Bledsoe, commits to Northern Arizona before FBS offers arrive

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Drew Bledsoe's QB son, John Bledsoe, commits to Northern Arizona before FBS offers arrive

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In 2015, Drew Bledsoe’s second son, John Bledsoe, took Oregon high school football by storm, leading Summit High to a Class 5A state title. Dad was on the sideline for it all, serving as Summit’s offensive coordinator.

That will be the arrangement again in 2016, but after that the former NFL All-Pro will have to travel a bit farther to watch his son sling a football. That was guaranteed on Thursday, when John Bledsoe committed to Northern Arizona. The reason for his early commitment, before he received any Division I FBS scholarship offers? It’s all about focus on future success.

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 “I decided to end the recruiting process early because I wanted to focus on my senior season and not have to stress about my decision,” John Bledsoe told the Oregonian.

The younger Bledsoe is a spitting image of his father, just two inches (6-foot-5 vs. 6-foot-3) shorter. As a junior, Bledsoe threw for 2,551 yards and 31 touchdowns. Quite simply, he was outstanding.

Many figured those statistics would have earned John Bledsoe serious attention from major Division I FBS programs, but it didn’t. Instead, he got plenty of looks from strong Division I FCS programs, including Northern Arizona, which extended him a scholarship offer in December and wound up being the right fit.

Whether the Lumberjacks are the right platform to launch the younger Bledsoe farther down the road of his father’s success remains to be seen. For now, it’s ensuring that the father-son duo get another season to work together without any distractions.

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