A source requesting anonymity said Monday that the quarterback who led the McMaster Marauders to the 2011 Vanier Cup title has signed with the Montreal Alouettes.
He becomes the league's second Canadian quarterback behind Brad Sinopoli, a native of Peterborough, Ont., entering his second season with the Calgary Stampeders. Sinopoli captured the 2010 Hec Crighton Trophy as Canadian university football's top player while at the University of Ottawa.
The six-foot-three, 215-pound Quinlan was bypassed in the CFL draft Thursday, leaving him free to sign with any of the eight clubs as a free agent.
The Hamilton Tiger-Cats invited the 23-year-old Quinlan, a native of South Woodslee, Ont., to their training camp last summer.
If Quinlan doesn't crack a CFL roster, he could return to McMaster this fall.
That would be a real boost for the Marauders based on the outstanding 2011 campaign Quinlan enjoyed.
During the regular season, Quinlan completed almost 65 per cent of his passes, with 13 touchdowns and just two interceptions. In the playoffs, he was named MVP in the Yates Cup, Uteck Bowl and Vanier Cup.
Quinlan was especially brilliant in the Canadian university football championship, leading McMaster to a thrilling 41-38 double overtime victory over the Laval Rouge et Or at B.C. Place Stadium in November. He finished 36-of-55 passing for 482 yards and two touchdowns while also running for a team-high 106 yards in guiding the Marauders to their first-ever national football title.
Quinlan also turned heads in the game when he hurdled over a Laval defender during a bootleg play.
Last week, Quinlan told The Canadian Press he would be willing to play another position other than quarterback in order to get a shot at a CFL roster. However, the league source re-iterated Monday night when Quinlan goes to camp this summer, he will be competing for the No. 3 job behind veteran starter Anthony Calvillo and backup Adrian McPherson.