A handful of days after it was first reported, Utah officials have confirmed to the Deseret News that quarterback Micah Thomas has left the football program and will transfer to an unknown university to continue his collegiate playing career.
The decision to leave the Utes came down to playing time, or lack thereof.
As he was buried behind four quarterbacks on the depth chart, Thomas moved to receiver during spring practice.
Thomas was a three-star member of the Utes’ 2013 recruiting class who took a redshirt as a true freshman. In-state programs such as Baylor and Rice offered the Texas high schooler scholarships before his decision to play at Utah.
Wherever Thomas lands, he’d like to move back under center.
While Thomas is officially gone, the Utes could be gaining a transfer from the SEC. The News writes that “[f]ormer South Carolina cornerback Ahmad Christian, who transferred to a junior college in December and announced plans to sign with Utah via Twitter earlier this week, has yet to sign a financial aid agreement with the Utes.” That, though, could happen as early as this week or he could wait until winter to join the team.
As Christian would be coming in from the JUCO ranks, he would be eligible to play immediately in 2014 if all of the academics get straightened out.
In December of last year, prior to the Gamecocks’ bowl game, it was reported that Christian would be leaving the Gamecocks. Prior to that, Christian played in 12 games last season, making his first career start in the second game against Georgia. With starters Jimmy Legree and Victor Hampton leaving for the NFL, Christian was expected to, at the very least, compete for a starting job this spring.
Christian was a three-star member of USC’s 2011 recruiting class.