On National Signing Day earlier this year, Brent Stockstill signed with Cincinnati. Over three months later, the quarterback is headed home. Literally.
Middle Tennessee State head coach Rick Stockstill has confirmed that the player — yes, he’s his son — will transfer into his football program and play football for the Blue Raiders. The younger Stockstill was granted a full release from his UC scholarship, but will have to “pay his own way” at MTSU for the fall semester as the football program has no scholarships available despite the dismissal of two players earlier in the week.
In a comedic twist to the situation, it appears the quarterback wanted to play at MTSU all along as he’s lived in the area since 2006. The only problem? He didn’t let his dad — ya know, the Blue Raiders head coach — know that was the path he desired to take.
“You just want your kid to be happy, and he said all he ever wanted was to play for Middle Tennessee – not for his dad, for Middle Tennessee,” the coach said according to the Murfreesboro Daily News Journal. “He said that to me, and I said, ‘Well, why didn’t you tell me that?’ He said, ‘I didn’t think that was even an option.'”
Brent Stockstill will be eligible to participate in voluntary summer workouts and practice with his new teammates throughout summer camp, but will be ineligible to practice or play with the team once the 2013 season begins. If all goes as planned, he would go on scholarship following the Christmas school break — with a grayshirt in between — and become a fully-participating member of the team.
As for Stockstill’s situation with the Bearcats that led to his departure, the dad said the addition of Gunner Kiel had nothing to do with his son’s decision. Kiel, the highly-touted former Notre Dame signee, transferred to Cincinnati earlier this year after deciding to leave the Irish without having played in a game for the South Bend school.
According to the elder Stockstill, the wheels for his son’s transfer had already been set in motion long before the Kiel speculation began in earnest.
“Absolutely not. Our conversations actually started before the Gunner Kiel rumors even started,” the coach said. “Brent was adamant about that. It had nothing to do with that. It started long before that, and anybody that knows Brent knows how much of a competitor he is. The Gunner Kiel thing wasn’t even a factor.”