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Cincinnati releases QB Brent Stockstill to Middle Tennessee State

By Chip Patterson | Staff Writer

Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill will welcome his son, Brent, from Cincinnati. (USATSI)
Middle Tennessee State coach Rick Stockstill will welcome his son, Brent, from Cincinnati. (USATSI)

Cincinnati has released quarterback Brent Stockstill from his National Letter of Intent so that he may play for his father, Rick, at Middle Tennessee State.

A school spokesman confirmed to the Cincinnati Enquirer that Stockstill, a three-star member of Cincinnati's 2013 recruiting class, is already enrolled at Middle Tennessee and taking part in the Blue Raiders' summer program.

According to Rick Stockstill, the arrival of former Notre Dame quarterback Gunner Kiel had nothing to do with his son's decision to leave the Bearcats.

"Absolutely not," Stockstill told The Tennessean. "Our conversations actually started before the Gunner Kiel rumors even started. Brent was adamant about that. It had nothing to do with that. It started long before that, and anybody that knows Brent knows how much of a competitor he is."

In the wake of Everett Golson's suspension, Kiel confirmed his commitment to Cincinnati in a text message to the Enquirer on Sunday. The Bearcats will turn to Brendon Kay and Munchie Legaux -- both in their final year of eligibility -- for the quarterback duties in 2013. Kiel will be allowed to compete for the Bearcats in 2014 with three years of eligibility remaining.

Unfortunately for Stockstill, the Blue Raiders have no scholarships available for the 2013 season. He will be allowed to participate in summer workouts with the team but ineligible to practice or play once the 2013 season begins. The plan is for Stockstill to join the team as a scholarship player after the Christmas school break.

Rick Stockstill reportedly did not know that his son, a Murfreesboro, Tenn., resident since 2006, wanted to play for Middle Tennessee. With the family issues straightened out, Brent will now just need patience to move through the eligibility process on his way to officially becoming a Blue Raider in early 2014.

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