Regardless of whether Vernon Adams can make the transition from the FCS to the FBS, Oregon will have some competition for the quarterback’s services.
The Eastern Washington star’s high school coach, Dean Herrington, told The Oregonian that, in addition to Oregon, Texas and UCLA have called him expressing interest in the potential transfer. “They want him,” Herrington said of the Longhorns and Bruins.
That said, Herrington fully expects his former player to opt for the Ducks when it comes time to pull the trigger on a transfer. As for a timeline on a decision, the high school coach said “[i]t’ll be sooner rather than later,” adding that Adams is “definitely not trying to drag this out for weeks.”
Jan. 28, it was reported that Adams would be visiting Oregon as he was contemplating a transfer. It’s unclear if he will visit any other schools that have called expressing interest.
The day after reports first surfaced about Adams’ interest in moving up the college football ladder, EWU released a statement acknowledging that it had granted the player permission to explore a potential move.
Regardless of where he actually ends up, Adams certainly has the credentials to come in and compete for a starting job immediately as he would be a grad transfer.
In a 49-46 win over Oregon State in 2013, Adams accounted for 518 yards of offense and six total touchdowns — 411 and four passing, 107 and two rushing. A year later, Adams passed for 475 yards in a 59-52 loss to Washington.
Over the past two seasons, Adams has thrown for 90 touchdowns and ran for another 10. In 2013, he was runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the top player in the FCS. He was a finalist for the same award in 2014.
Oregon and UCLA are both looking to replace long-time starters in Marcus Mariota and Brett Hundley, respectively, while Texas is simply looking for someone to be a standout — or even passable — at the position for the first time since Colt McCoy’s eligibility expired following the 2009 season. Regardless of where he ends up, Adams won’t be a participant in spring practice at his new home as he won’t graduate from EWU until May.