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Posted on: July 19, 2011 11:16 am
Edited on: July 19, 2011 11:39 am
 

Cody Green won't be transferring to USC

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

When last we left former Nebraska quarterback Cody Green and his efforts to find a transfer destination, he was promising to visit USC and take a long look at Lane Kiffin's Trojans.

Either Green didn't end up liking what he saw, or Kiffin decided Green wasn't worth the invite, or some combination of the two -- because Green will not be headed to USC, per this report from Fox 26 Sports. His final two candidates?
"There's two schools, between Baylor and the University of Tulsa," Green said. "They're great schools academically, and that's a big part of it; and offensively, where they're going and in the future, both of those schools are at the peak of their game."
That decision's not entirely surprising. With the Trojans boasting four blue-chip quarterbacks already on the roster and a scholarship shortage, USC always seemed like something of a longshot for Green.

But that hardly means Green is settling. Both Baylor and Tulsa -- as he correctly points out -- boast high-flying, quarterback-friendly offenses that Green's four-star arm and above-average mobility should fit into snugly. And both should be more than happy to welcome Green with open arms; while neither is hurting for QB play with the Bears' Robert Griffin III and the Golden Hurricanes' G.J. Kinne around, signal-callers with Green's combination of raw ability and BCS-level experience don't just fall into these programs' laps everyday.

So Green's decision may not wind up making the kind of headlines it would have if he'd headed west. But it should prove a win-win situation for him and his new team all the same.


Posted on: July 8, 2011 1:29 am
 

Forcier 'strongly considering' Hawaii, SJSU

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

He's already moved on from Michigan and Miami, so where's Tate Forcier headed next? From the sound of it, somewhere much closer to his original San Diego home. 

According to an ESPN report Thursday, Forcier is "strongly considering" two schools--Hawaii, where he plans to visit next week, and San Jose State. He is also reportedly holds an "interest" in Nevada.

If Forcier can wrangle a scholarship offer from all three of these schools -- and it's hard to imagine they wouldn't want to take a flier on him, considering his still-remarkable exploits as a true freshman for the Wolverines -- it seems somewhat obvious which would suit him best from a football standpoint. Hawaii has made stars out of plenty of quarterbacks before, and frequently ones that haven't possessed Forcier's live and accurate arm or his outstanding mobility in the pocket; the Warriors' Bryant Moniz, for instance, didn't receive a single scholarship offer coming out of high school before leading the entire FBS in passing yards last season. 

Like the Warriors, Nevada will also offer an established program playing at the Mountain West level starting next year. But at 6'0" and 185 pounds, Forcier may not have the frame necessary to absorb the poundings taken by the quarterback in Chris Ault's option-heavy pistol offense. (Though for what it's worth, Forcier was asked to make similar option reads out of Rich Rodriguez's shotgun during his time at Michigan; we're not sure he appeared to have any particular aptitude for it, however.)

As for SJSU, the Spartans have been a WAC doormat for years and are coming off a two-year span featuring all of three wins. Those fortunes might change under second-year coach Mike MacIntyre, but even if it does, will anyone notice once the conference has waved goodbye to Hawaii, Nevada, Boise State and Fresno State? 

Again, though: that's all from a football perspective. After both Tate's and older brothers Chris and Jason Forcier's nation-spanning careers (including collective stops at UCLA, Stanford, Michigan and Furman) family concerns -- not to mention academic concerns, after Tate's classroom issues in Ann Arbor -- may come first. And if that's the case, all bets are off.

Posted on: June 27, 2011 12:11 pm
Edited on: June 27, 2011 2:50 pm
 

Former five-stars leaving Florida, Georgia

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Russell Wilson is set to has announced his decision today, but even if he had chosen Auburn, he would have been far from the only ripple on the SEC's current "transfer market."

Because two former five-star recruits announced this past weekend that they would be looking for new homes outside their current residences in the SEC East. One of them is former Georgia offensive line signee Brent Benedict, who will be leaving the Bulldog program for the ubiquitous "personal reasons." The other is defensive end Chris Martin, who transferred to Florida last year after signing with Cal in spring of 2010. But after redshirting last fall, Martin will leave Gainesville without having played a down for the Gators, either, and will reportedly be looking for a transfer destination closer to his Aurora, Colo. hometown.

The good news for Will Muschamp and Co. is that thanks to the bounty of riches from that loaded 2010 Gator class, Martin might not be missed much. With Ronald Powell, Sharrif Floyd and their friends around, the Florida line should be able to shrug off the loss, even of a player who was viewed by nearly every recruitnik in the country as one of the 2010 class's best prospects at any position.

That's not the case in Athens, though, where the Dawg offensive line was already thin and has just gotten thinner. A redshirt freshman who had dominated at the high school level before a senior-year knee injury, Benedict was expected to land on the Georgia two-deep at right guard in 2011 with an eye towards starting in 2012.

But according to the Atlanta Journal-Constitution, "differences over how much and what kind of off-season training he should be doing" arose between Benedict and the Georgia staff, and he elected to move on.

Even after the loss of Benedict (and fellow transferee A.J. Harmon, and ACL victim Trinton Sturdivant), the Bulldogs have enough talent and experience to weather the storm on their depth chart -- if their projected starting lineup can stay healthy and productive. But after the past few seasons of underachievement up front, that's a big "if," and one on which the fate of the SEC East might rest.

Posted on: May 20, 2011 1:14 pm
Edited on: May 20, 2011 1:15 pm
 

Pitt-to-Baylor transfer Gray has off-field talent

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Pitt's tumultuous offseason got slightly even more tumultuous this week, as backup sophomore defensive back Kolby Gray and redshirt freshman tight end Dan Schneider have each elected to leave the team, Schneider to pursue a medical degree and Gray to reportedly transfer closer to home at Baylor.

There's also more at stake for Gray in his transfer than just a few home-cooked meals, as our Pittsburgh CBS affiliate reports:
He also is a country songwriter with a great deal of potential to pursue a music career. It’s believed that and a desire to move closer to home are the main reasons behind his transfer.
Gray's far, far from the first athlete to have designs on a music career away from the field (remember this 1999 SI cover?), but to hear this original song on YouTube, you'd think he stands a better chance of making it than most. Judge for yourself:



And hey, it's hard to get a more Nashville-friendly name than "Kolby Gray," right? Not a bad deal for Baylor--they get a quality defensive back (with one varsity letter already under his belt at Pitt) and, maybe, they get to say they knew Gray when.

HT: DocSat.
Posted on: April 25, 2011 12:56 pm
 

Ex-Michigan CB Christian transferring to Pitt

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Apparently the Ann Arbor-to-Pittsburgh exodus isn't just for coaches.

Earlier this year, new Pitt coach Todd Graham took full advantage of Rich Rodriguez's dismissal to hire away three different former Wolverine assistants. It's a decision that's already paying dividends where the Panthers' roster is concerned, according to this report at Scout.com; thanks in part to his familiarity with new defensive backs coach Tony Gibson, former four-star recruit and 2010 Michigan cornerback Cullen Christian has elected to transfer to Pitt.

For the Panthers, it's a welcome addition to a 2012 secondary that finished 19th in the country in pass defense a year ago but has its work cut out for it under Graham, thanks both to the Panthers' new defense-straining no-huddle offense and a 2011 two-deep that could feature as many as four seniors. Christian (like virtually every member of Michigan's 2010 pass defense) didn't do much to stand out as a true freshman in Ann Arbor, but did see action in 11 games and recorded six tackles.

A Pittsburgh native, Christian's return home and ability to continue working under his original position coach could see him fulfill the potential that made him one of Pennsylvania's most sought-after prospects in the class of 2010.

But where Michigan is concerned, it's yet another blow to a secondary that's already sustained a decade's worth of blows the past few seasons. The Wolverine pass defense was already in tatters last August, and that was before Troy Woolfolk missed a season with a serious ankle injury, Vlad Emilien left the team, Jared Van Slyke broke his clavicle, Ray Vinopal left the team ... you get the picture. Christian's decision not only deprives Brady Hoke of a much-needed scholarship body at corner, but of the highest-ranked recruit remaining in the entire secondary.

It's not a pretty picture for the Wolverine pass defense. But don't expect an unproven, first-year staff like Graham's to have much sympathy.

Posted on: January 14, 2011 1:43 pm
Edited on: January 14, 2011 2:12 pm
 

David Oku transferring from Tennessee

Posted by Jerry Hinnen

Overall, Derek Dooley enjoyed a successful first year at the Tennessee helm, salvaging a recruiting class that nearly came apart at the seams following Lane Kiffin's 11th-hour departure and dragging a Volunteer team with all kinds of depth chart issues and off-field squabbles to a bowl game.

But for all his accomplishments, no one will claim Dooley excelled in the area of getting some of Kiffin's highest-profile recruits to buy in. Neither five-star tailback Bryce Brown nor freshman All-American Aaron Douglas ever played a down under Dooley, and as of today four-star tailback/kick returner David Oku has also departed the Volunteer program .

The loss won't be a substantial blow to Tennessee's productivity -- Oku was not a major contributor this season, carrying only 42 times for 174 yards and returning 16 kickoffs for less than 20 yards a return -- but it drives home the fact that Dooley is more than willing to reshape the program with his own players and in his own image. The writing may have been on the wall for Oku, playing-time-wise, when Dooley said this to the media last September, just before Oku was stripped of his return duties:
You mentioned kickoff return. Can you talk about what you've seen from David Oku from that standpoint in the first three games?

"I've see nothing from him other than an inability to make yards. I don't think he's running with any conviction, and I've told him that. I think he runs tippy-toeing and searching."
In a word: ouch. That level of abrasiveness won't win Dooley any Mr. Congeniality contests -- and it might have helped cost him whatever modicum of depth at running back and returner Oku represented -- but as long as the Volunteers continue moving forward, no one's going to care.

HT on Dooley quote: @HABOTN .


 
 
 
 
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