In mid-December, it was reported that Zach Kline had informed the Oregon State coaching staff that he would be transferring to the Beavers from Cal.
Four months later? Forget it. Pretend it never happened — at least for now.
In a tweet posted to his Twitter account last week, Kline wrote that he’s “[r]eally excited to play at Butte College next fall and work to bring the team to another national championship!” What happened at OSU to make the quarterback opt for the JUCO level is unknown.
As The Oregonian‘s Gina Mizell points out, “OSU has not been able to comment on Kline’s status because he has not signed with a school and thus is considered a recruitable athlete.”
The initial reports connecting Kline to the Beavers had him spending two semesters at a JUCO program before transferring to OSI for the fall. Even if Kline would’ve landed in Corvallis as expected, however, he would’ve been forced to sit out the 2014 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules.
Entering summer camp this past season, Kline, a four-star member of Cal’s 2012 recruiting class rated as the No. 2 pro-style quarterback in the country, was the presumptive front-runner for the starting quarterback job with the Bears. Instead, true freshman Jared Goff got the nod, with the redshirt freshman Kline coming off the bench and appearing in seven games in 2013.
It was reported in early December that Kline would be leaving Cal.