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Wednesday, February 9, 2011
Tate Forcier transferring to Miami

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Quarterback Tate Forcier is transferring from Michigan to Miami.

"Miami had the best opportunity," Forcier told ESPN. "There is so much positive energy around this program and I really want to be a part of it. I love these coaches and feel like they are the right guys for me. I had a great visit and I really want to be a part of the rebirth at Miami."

Forcier signed an aid agreement on Wednesday, making the transfer official. Under NCAA rules, he will not be eligible to play for the Hurricanes until 2012.

Forcier had narrowed his options to Kansas State, Washington, Arizona, Miami and Montana before choosing Miami.

Forcier backed up Denard Robinson last season after starting ahead of him when they were both freshmen during the 2009 season. Forcier threw for 2,647 yards with 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 20 career games.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound Forcier, a native of San Diego, Calif., was ruled academically ineligible to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl.

Michigan athletic director Dave Brandon said Forcier was no longer with the program as he introduced coach Brady Hoke as Rich Rodriguez's successor.

Forcier was a prep star in San Diego who wound up starting for Michigan in his college debut.

Injuries stunted his success and the Wolverines lost seven of their next eight games. Robinson moved past Forcier on the depth chart last spring and started the 2010 opener, accounting for 383 yards and two touchdowns in a win over Connecticut.

Still, it's a significant pickup for first-year coach Al Golden, who wanted to add two quarterbacks in this year's recruiting class. Miami figures to have senior Jacory Harris and sophomore Stephen Morris vying for the starting job in 2011, with little depth after that.

Miami was 7-6 last season.

Information from ESPN college football reporter Joe Schad and The Associated Press was used in this report.