If I heard DD on the radio correctly, the list of potential destinations is at least partially FBS, including SMU. If he transfers now (before attending his first fall class at UA), then his year in residence at the new school would start now and he could play at SMU or wherever as a fourth-year junior in 2017. Whereas if he attends class, he would have to transfer down to play in 2017 and he’d still be a fourth-year junior – and playing in a new system.
Good luck to him. If he was going to stay in FBS, now was the time to get out before he attended a fall class and lost the year. We knew there was going to be attrition at the QB spot with 5 scholarship guys. Some thought the transferring would be in May instead of now, but in May RP was the #2 guy. Now he’s not. And with QB commitments already in hand for the next two classes (Hyatt and Noland), there will be more transfers, I suspect.
I’m actually glad to see him go. For his sake. QB is not like other positions. At a major program, if you are an upperclassman and it loks like you’re #4 in the pecking order, you aren’t going to play. Ever. Then it becomes a question of what’s more important. The school you chose? Or actually getting to play. If I were him I would have done the same thing.