While Texas A&M continues to look into allegations regarding starting quarterback Johnny Manziel, the competition for the Heisman Trophy winner's backup narrowed with the transfer of redshirt freshman Matt Davis.
Davis, one of the final prospects recruited by former Aggie coach Mike Sherman, made his decision known to Kevin Sumlin on Thursday. The news was first reported by 247Sports' Taylor Hamm, then confirmed by the school in an official release.
"Matt decided it was in his best interest to transfer," Sumlin said. "He is a terrific young man who has done a lot for our program in a short period of time. We all wish him the very best."
According to 247Sports, Davis plans to enroll in junior college immediately then re-open his recruiting for the 2014 signing class. Davis was a four-star dual threat quarterback in the Class of 2012, ranking among the Top 20 overall prospects in the state of Texas, according to 247Sports Composite ranking. In addition to Texas A&M, the Houston native received offers from Alabama, Arizona, Auburn and TCU.
Davis' departure leaves junior Matt Joeckel and true freshman Kenny Hill in a battle for the No. 2 spot on the depth chart. This position has become much more important in the last month, as the team awaits an official word from the NCAA and/or Texas A&M regarding Manziel's eligibility.
If the school is uncertain whether or not Johnny Manziel violated any NCAA bylaws, they could choose to sit him out of the season opener against Rice. If Manziel plays and is later found ineligible, the team would be forced to vacate those wins. Even if Manziel has not violated any NCAA rules, the uncertainty could be enough to leave him on the sidelines for early season contests against Rice and Sam Houston State.
If that is the case, then it will be Joeckel or Hill stepping into the spotlight on Aug. 31 as the Aggies begin year two under Kevin Sumlin.