When it was confirmed back in mid-January that Luke Del Rio had officially completed his transfer from Alabama to Oregon State, it was thought the quarterback would be forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
As it turns out, that’s not the case at all.
In an unexpected announcement Friday, OSU confirmed that Del Rio has been granted immediate eligibility by the NCAA and will play for the Beavers in 2014. Del Rio was a walk-on with the Tide last year and did not play a single snap; because of that, the NCAA ruled that the player’s “unique situation warranted relief from the football transfer rules that usually apply.”
With immediate eligibility, Del Rio, who has been practicing with his new team this spring, will likely enter summer camp as the projected backup to starter Sean Mannion.
“We were thinking he would not be eligible for the year and were preparing for him for the following season,” Beaver head coach Mike Riley said in a statement. “This is good news. It gives us one more guy in the mix immediately.”
Del Rio was a three-star member of the Tide’s 2013 recruiting class, rated as the No. 28 pro-style quarterback in the country and the No. 3 player at any position in the state of Colorado. He took a redshirt as a true freshman, so he’ll have four years to use four seasons of eligibility beginning in 2014.