Tag:Transfers
Posted on: February 10, 2011 12:19 pm
 

Tate Forcier never wanted to leave Michigan

Posted by Tom Fornelli

It was announced on Wednesday that Tate Forcier had decided to transfer to Miami after leaving Michigan. He had been planning on visiting up to five schools during his re-recruitment, but I guess the visit to Coral Gables was all Forcier needed to come to a decision. Though when asked about it afterward, Forcier implied it was a decision he never wanted to have to make.

In an interview with the Detroit Free Press, Forcier says that he never wanted to leave Michigan, but that Michigan AD Dave Brandon didn't seem all that interested in keeping him around.

“I felt like things could have been handled better," Forcier told the paper. "Dave Brandon made his mind up. We tried hard (to stay). I took care of my incompletes. I needed a certain amount of credits. The incompletes, I took care of those. Dave Brandon still wouldn’t let me stay. He refused to even meet with us. That’s his decision; we really didn’t want to fight it. That was his decision, that’s the head guy. I didn’t want to challenge him. I’m not going to win something like that with somebody as high up as he was. When he did that, it was time to turn a new chapter.

"The crazy thing is I never wanted to leave. I love everything about Michigan, I always will. I hope they do well, I wish the best for those guys, a lot of them are still friends. I hope (new coach Brady) Hoke can change the program around. I’ve been a Michigan fan since I was a little kid. I wish them the best of luck. I wish I could be there, helping them out and moving forward.”

Although that's not the story Dave Brandon is telling. Brandon told the Free Press that the Forcier's wanted to meet with him when he wasn't available for a meeting -- perhaps he was searching for a new coach at the time -- but he made it clear to the family that he'd like to reschedule. Assistant AD Brian Townsend even met with the Forcier's to relay the message as well, but the Forciers never rescheduled, Tate decided to transfer, and now he's a Miami Hurricane.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 6:55 pm
 

Nate Montana to transfer to Montana?

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Notre Dame has a bit of a logjam at quarterback next season, with Dayne Crist expected to battle Tommy Rees for the starting job in 2011. Behind those two there are also Andrew Hendrix, Luke Massa, Everett Golson and Nate Montana. That's a whole lot of quarterbacks for a limited supply of reps, so it wouldn't be all that surprising to see one of them leave South Bend.

And it appears that the one on the way out would be Montana, son of former Notre Dame quarterback and NFL Hall of Famer Joe Montana. According to the Montana student newspaper (via the Chicago Tribune) Joe Montana was at Montana on Tuesday to talk to the school's coaches. It seems that Joe is doing some ground work to see if there'd be any interest in having his son transfer to the FCS powerhouse.
Joe's son, Nate Montana, 21, currently is a backup quarterback at Notre Dame. On Wednesday, [Montana head coach Robin] Pflugrad neither confirmed nor denied that the meeting surrounded Nate Montana's possible transfer to UM.
"(Montana) has four kids and we talked about them all," Pflugrad said of the meeting, adding that he is aware of Nate's situation at Notre Dame but declined to comment further.
If Montana did transfer, it'd be the perfect situation for him. First of all, since he'd be transferring from an FBS school to an FCS school, he wouldn't have to sit out a year. Secondly, Montana is just not going to get a chance at Notre Dame, so there isn't much reason to stay if he wants to play football. Finally, his name is Nate Montana and he'd be playing for Montana.

If your name is Johnny Connecticut you don't play for Massachusetts.
Posted on: February 9, 2011 4:08 pm
Edited on: February 9, 2011 5:44 pm
 

Tate Forcier is headed to Miami

Posted by Tom Fornelli

UPDATE: The university made it official in a press release, Tate Forcier is transferring to Miami.  The quarterback will sit out the 2011 season and be eligible to play in 2012.  He will have two seasons of eligibility remaining when he takes the field for the Hurricanes.

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While Tate Forcier may have planned on visiting five schools in the coming weeks as he tried to figure out where he'd be transferring to, it seems those plans have changed. According to a few reports on Twitter, Forcier was visiting Miami today and has committed to the Hurricanes.




The school has not officially announced it, but it seems to be a done deal at this point.

Forcier had spent the last two seasons at Michigan. After starting most of 2009, he lost his job to Denard Robinson in 2010 and only played in relief of an injured Robinson. With Rich Rodriguez leaving, and Brady Hoke bringing a new offense to Ann Arbor, Forcier obviously felt that his services would be put to better use elsewhere.
Posted on: February 8, 2011 6:45 pm
 

Jesse Grandy leaving Ole Miss

Posted by Tom Fornelli

According to The Clarion-Ledger's Kyle Veazey, Ole Miss WR/KR Jesse Grandy is leaving school to transfer closer to home. The reason that's given for Grandy's decision is that there is an illness in his family, which would explain why the Pine Bluff, Arkansas native would prefer to be closer to his family at the moment.

Grandy and Houston Nutt finalized the transfer on Tuesday afternoon.

The sophomore caught 20 passes for 224 yards and a touchdown for the Rebels in 2010, while also rushing 12 times for 88 yards. Grandy also played on special teams, where he made his biggest impact. He returned 45 punts and kicks for a total of 847 yards, and also returned one punt 73 yards for a touchdown.

His absence will hurt the Rebels, but it's not a crushing blow. While Markeith Summers is graduating, the school still returns three of its top four receivers in Melvin Harris, Ja-Mes Logan and Brandon Bolden.
Posted on: February 5, 2011 1:40 pm
 

Tate Forcier plans to visit five schools

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Now that the recruiting carousel has stopped spinning for the most part in 2011, former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier has a better idea of what schools will be interested in his services, and it seems he begins to plan visiting schools on Monday. According to a tweet from Joe Schad on Saturday morning, those schools are Kansas State, Washington, Arizona, Miami and Montana.




Schad tweeted later that the visits will start with Kansas State or Miami first.

Interestingly enough, two of the schools on Forcier's list are Washington and Miami. The same two schools who just lost out on Jacoby Brissett to Florida. Though it should be pointed out that Washington may have an edge on the other schools. Forcier comes from San Diego and has worked with quarterback guru Steve Clarkson in the past. Clarkson has ties to current Washington head coach Steve Sarkisian, which you would think works to the Huskies benefit.

Though what will matter the most to Forcier, who will likely have to sit out a year before playing again anywhere, is the chance to play on Saturdays.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:57 pm
 

Logan Gray to transfer from Georgia

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Wednesday may be signing day, but apparently Tuesday is "Former Four-Star Quarterbacks Transferring Day." Earlier on Tuesday the news broke that Ryan Mossakowski was leaving Kentucky, and now Georgia quarterback-turned-wide receiver Logan Gray has announced that he'll be leaving Athens following his graduation this spring.

"I will graduate in May from UGA with my degree in Speech Communication,” said Gray in a statement. “I plan on playing my last year of football while pursuing my Master's degree at another school, most likely close to home, where my family can attend all of my games. I would like to thank Coach Richt for giving me the opportunity to be a Bulldog the last four years, and sticking beside me throughout the whole experience. I would also like to thank my teammates for everything. They are like another family to me and I know I will be close with several of them for the rest of my life."

“I want to express sincere appreciation to Logan for his many contributions to our program the last four years,” said Mark Richt. “He’s been an asset to our team and program as both a player and student and we wish him nothing but the very best.”

Gray came to Athens as a four-star recruit, and after redshirting in 2007, spent 2008 and 2009 as a reserve. After losing the quarterback battle to Aaron Murray last spring, Gray moved to wide receiver where he caught 9 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown for the Bulldogs in 2010.
Posted on: February 1, 2011 2:15 pm
 

Kentucky's Mossakowski to transfer

Posted by Tom Fornelli

Here's a story that may temper your excitement or frustration with signing day tomorrow. It's important to remember that there are no sure things in college football. For instance, Ryan Mossakowski was a four-star recruit at quarterback out of Texas who chose to sign with Kentucky a few years ago. He then had to have surgery to repair the labrum in his throwing shoulder following high school, and redshirted his first season in Lexington.

Mossakowski then spent 2010 at third on the Kentucky depth chart behind Mike Hartline and Morgan Newton, and only saw time in mop-up duty this season, never getting the chance to throw a pass. Now, after coming to Kentucky with so much promise, Mossakowski has announced he'll be transferring from the school.

"This is something I've been thinking about for a while, even before the bowl game,"said Mossakowski. "I talked with the coaches and they said the job would be open in the spring and I'd have a chance to compete. I just had to make the decision that I thought was best for me. I really have to go somewhere where I know there's a 100 percent chance I'd get on the field.

"I have total respect for the coaching staff, and I'll still be good friends with all the players. I've really enjoyed it here. I just want to be somewhere where I know I'll get on the field."

Mossakowski says he's talked to his father and high school coach about some possible destinations, but he hasn't put together any kind of list.
Posted on: January 25, 2011 10:56 am
 

Tom Savage Sr denies calling Schiano a dictator

Posted by Tom Fornelli

In yesterday's Miami Herald, Tom Savage Sr. is quoted calling Rutgers head coach Greg Schiano a dictator. The reason for this was because Savage was upset that Schiano and Rutgers had placed limitations on where his son, Tom Savage, could transfer. Schools like Florida, Florida State, Miami and Michigan have all been taken off the table, which the Savages don't think is fair considering that none of those schools are in the Big East with Rutgers.

“I don’t understand how one person can be dictator over your son’s future,” Savage Sr. said. “I know they recruit Florida, but the ones that want to go to Rutgers are going to go to Rutgers. … It’s just wrong. I will talk to a lawyer."

Now the elder Savage is saying that he was misquoted by the paper, this time talking to The Star-Ledger.

“This is why I don’t talk to the media and usually don’t read anything that’s written,” Savage Sr. said. “Things get taken out of context all of the time. I don’t have any hard feelings toward Greg Schiano. I never had any problems with him.

“Sure, I was upset that a couple of schools that Tom wanted to contact were blocked. So when I was asked the question I said, ‘I don’t like anyone to dictate where my son can play football or go to college.’ I never called Greg Schiano a dictator or any other name.”

It's easy to see how Savage Sr. could have been misquoted in this case, though I'm not entirely sure how someone can confuse "be dictator" with "to dictate where." That being said, I'll give Savage the benefit of the doubt here. Besides, there are other parts of his quotes that I need to question. He said this is why he never talks to the media, yet here he is talking to the media for the second time in a couple of days. Then he says he doesn't read anything that's written.

Then what do you read?

Admittedly, neither of these things matter, but I want to know! I'm pretty sure that every word anybody has ever read has been written by somebody, or at the very least dictated -- there's that word again -- to somebody who was writing it down. Is there some new technology out there I'm not aware of?
 
 
 
 
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