Tommy Mister, ranked a three-star (out of five) football athlete by Rivals.com, has committed to Iowa State University.

Mister transferred to St. Rita in January after spending his first 21/2 years of high school and three football seasons at Richards. Mister is ranked the 23rd-best athlete in the state and 44th in the nation by Rivals.com.

The 6-foot-1, 180-pound senior earned SouthtownStar All-Area honors as a running back in 2012, compiling 1,076 yards and scoring 15 touchdowns on 137 carries for the Bulldogs.

Mister began the season at quarterback, the same position he played as a sophomore on the varsity.

He was moved to running back in Week 4 of the season and flourished.

He’ll likely return to quarterback at St. Rita. For college, he was recruited as an athlete who could play multiple positions, even possibly some defense.

On the record, Mister insisted the transfer was based on his family moving from Oak Lawn to Lansing. However, sources, who asked to remain anonymous, insist the transfer was related more to Mister’s displeasure at being shifted to running back in favor of quarterback Hasan Muhammad-Rogers, a junior who had taken over starting honors in Week 3. Mister had suffered an ankle injury during a 15-13 loss to Morris in Week 2 and sat out Richards’ win the following week over Evergreen Park.

The Bulldogs finished 10-2 last season and boast a slew of returning starters in 2013. An infusion of talent from a junior class that was a combined 18-0 as freshmen and sophomores will make the Bulldogs a preseason Top 10 team.

St. Rita is coming off a 4-5 campaign, the first time it hadn’t qualified for the playoffs in 12 seasons.