From the moment Bo Schneider left the UCF campus after an unoffical visit last Thursday, he knew he was UCF bound.
So, after taking a few days to make sure, the Dallas (Texas) Jesuit quarterback announced Tuesday via his Twitter account that he has officially committed to UCF's 2015 recruiting class.
Schneider posted "Proud to announce that I've officially committed to University Central Florida! #goknights."
"When my dad and I visited, I fell in love with it," Schneider said. "Everything about it was so awesome and right when I got done with my visit, I looked at my dad and said, 'This is the one.' I just fell in love with it and I'm super happy and extremely excited."
The 6-foot-4, 217-pound quarterback, who threw for 3,185 yards and 31 touchdowns last season as a junior, picked the Knights over offers from Houston, Tulsa, Colorado State, Oregon State and Southern Miss.
Let the Blake Bortles comparisons begin.
The comparisons could haunt him his entire career at UCF, but he said he understands it, realizes it will happen and is flattered, but also knows it could be difficult at times.
"Blake is so good and I think it could be kind of hard to deal with at first, but if that's what people want to make the comparison to then I'm OK with it," Schneider said. "Blake is a great player and I would love to follow his footsteps."
The Knights were unsure if they were going to take a QB in this recruiting class, with four quarterbacks on the current roster, but after Schneider reached out via e-mail last month, the UCF staff looked into the pocket passer."I sent them a couple of e-mails and I hadn't really heard back from them, and I didn't think anything was going to work out, really," Schneider said. "But then one of the coaches from UCF followed me back [social media], this was two weeks ago, and he said Coach [Brent] Key was going to come watch me throw at Jesuit."Coach Key came and watched me and then the next day they offered me."
Schneider will give the Knights a bonafide dropback, pro-style quarterback similar in build to Blake Bortles, who left UCF following a stellar junior season and was drafted by the NFL Jaguars last month.
Schneider completed 208-of-348 passes last season and threw just nine interceptions. He guided Jesuit (9-4) to its most successful season ever last year, taking the squad three games deep into the Texas state playoffs. Jesuit has an enrollment 9-through-12 of about 1,200 students.
"I'm a hard-working guy, I put the team first and I'm going to do all it takes to win," Schnedier said. "That's what it's all about, winning championships."
He said he had a great conversation with UCF head coach George O'Leary during his visit to Orlando.
"We had a pretty funny conversation ... talked some football, of course, but after that we started kind of joking around and connected immediately, which is just another plus for UCF," Schneider said.
UCF coaches acted quickly in jumping at the opportunity to recruit Schneider, which speaks directly to what the staff thinks of Schneider's potential as a college football quarterback.
"They just said they really like my film and they said they like my arm strength, my pocket presence and my decision making," Schneider said. "They said they think I'd be a great fit for their football team."
He is the second commitment to the 2015 class for UCF, joining Snellville (Ga.) Shiloh wide receiver Cameron Stewart (6-3, 185).
As National Signing Day, Feb. 4, draws closer, Schneider is sure to start gaining more high-profile offers, but he said he's set with UCF.
"I'm exteremely happy with UCF. I'm not even going to talk to anyone else," Schnedier said. "I know this is my final decision and I am very excited."
Chris Hays is the Sentinel's recruiting coverage coordinator and can be reached at email@example.com. Follow us on Twitter at @Os_Recruiting and Facebook at Orlando Sentinel Recruiting, and on Instagram at os_recruiting.