Wednesday, August 13, 2008
Former Sooners receiver Jarboe transfers to Troy
By Joe Schad ESPN.com
Former Oklahoma wide receiver Josh Jarboe transferred to Troy on Wednesday.
Jarboe, a freshman, was released by coach Bob Stoops earlier this month after a cell phone video that contained expletives and violent references made its way to YouTube.
Oklahoma stuck by its commitment to Jarboe after he was expelled from his high school during his senior year of high school for bringing a weapon onto campus.
"Troy University has always been interested in providing opportunities for young people to better themselves, and this is a situation where a young man who has made some mistakes is looking for a second chance," Troy coach Larry Blakeney said in a statement Wednesday.
"I have met with Josh, and I am convinced that he is ready, and willing, to do the things we need for him to do to be a productive member of both this football team and the Troy University community," he said.
ESPN rated Jarboe as the third-best receiver in this year's class. Jarboe, 6-foot-2, 200 pounds, was described by ESPN's Scouts Inc. as a "rare combination of size and speed."
He had offers from more than 25 schools, including Ohio State and North Carolina.
Troy spokesman Ricky Hazel said the school is still trying to determine whether Jarboe will be allowed to play this season or need to sit out one season under NCAA rules.
Joe Schad is a college football reporter for ESPN. Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.