The SEC is once again very much on the radar of a transferring Midwest quarterback. And, this time around, a member of that conference was able to close the deal.
Late last week, WholeHogSports.com reported that Danny Etling was taking an official visit to Arkansas. Over the weekend, the New Orleans Times-Picayune reported, the former Purdue signal-caller visited UA’s fellow SEC West partner LSU. The latter website noted that current Tiger offensive coordinator Cam Cameron attended the same high school as Etling.
LSU subsequently confirmed that Etling has indeed transferred into the Tigers program.
Earlier this month, Etling asked for and was granted a release from his Purdue scholarship for the purpose of transferring to another institution to continue his collegiate playing career. Etling will be forced to sit out the 2015 season to satisfy NCAA guidelines; he will then have two seasons of eligibility remaining beginning in 2016.
Etling began the 2014 season as Purdue’s starter, but lost the job midseason to Austin Appleby. With Etling seemingly entrenched as the starter following spring practice, Etling decided to look elsewhere for what will be a delayed opportunity to start again.
In 13 career games, the former four-star recruit passed for nearly 2,500 yards, 13 touchdowns and 12 interceptions. He added four rushing touchdowns, although his career running stats are minus-104 yards on 88 carries.