Thursday, May 26, 2011
Source: USC not eyeing Tate Forcier
By Pedro Moura ESPNLosAngeles.com
Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier had said Tuesday that he was interested in USC as a possible next destination, but a source close to the situation who isn't authorized to speak publicly on recruiting matters told ESPNLosAngeles.com Wednesday night the Trojans have not contacted the San Diego native and have no immediate plans to do so.
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Forcier, a Scripps Ranch High graduate who started at quarterback for the Wolverines as a true freshman in 2009 but lost his spot to phenom Denard Robinson in 2010, announced in February he was planning to transfer to Miami. But he never showed up on the Miami campus after that.
He told ESPN's Joe Schad this week he was considering a new set of possible destinations in an attempt to stay closer to home so his parents could afford the trek to his games.
That list included USC, as well as Auburn, Kansas State, Montana and San Diego and San Diego State. But USC has not expressed any interest in Forcier and has not contacted the 20-year-old.
The Trojans have three scholarship quarterbacks -- Jesse Scroggins, Cody Kessler and Max Wittek -- on their roster with four years of eligibility left. Forcier, who would be eligible to compete in 2012 as a redshirt sophomore if he completes a transfer to a Division I school this offseason, would be blocked on the USC roster by that trio, just as he was with the Wolverines by Robinson and Devin Gardner.
Wherever he ends up, Forcier will become the third of the Forcier family's three college-quarterback brothers to switch schools, and he also could become the third to involve a California school. His oldest brother, Jason, transferred to Stanford in 2006 after two years at Michigan, and middle brother Chris memorably left UCLA for FCS school Furman in 2009 after Rick Neuheisel favored junior-college transfer Kevin Craft for the starting spot.
Pedro Moura is a student at USC. He has covered the Trojans since 2008 and also reports on high school sports.