KJ Costello may have left the Stanford football program, but he could still end up playing in the Pac-12. Maybe.
In mid-December, it was confirmed that Costello had entered his name into the NCAA transfer database, the first step in a potential move from the Stanford football team. Tuesday, Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times has reported that the quarterback will visit Washington today.
This would be the first known visit made by Costello.
Regardless of where he ultimately lands, Costello would be leaving Stanford football as a graduate transfer. That would allow him to play immediately at another FBS school in 2020. The upcoming season will be his final year of eligibility.
The 6-5, 222-pound Costello started all 13 games for the Cardinal in 2018 after starting seven the year before. As a redshirt sophomore during that 2018 season, Costello was named second-team All-Pac-12.
This past season was an entirely different story. In very large part because of multiple injuries (thumb, head), Costello played in just five games in 2019. He last made an appearance Nov. 9, which turned out to likely be his last in a Stanford football uniform.
For his career thus far, Costello has completed 494 of his 790 passes (62.5 completion percentage) for 6,141 yards, 49 touchdowns and 18 interceptions. He’s added another three touchdowns on the ground, although all of those came as a redshirt freshman in 2017.
This season, Costello threw for 1,028 yards, six touchdowns and three interceptions as he completed just under 61 percent of his 166 pass attempts.
A four-star member of Stanford’s 2016 recruiting class, Costello was rated as the No. 3 pro-style quarterback in the country; the No. 7 player at any position in the state of California; and the No. 47 recruit overall on 247Sports.com‘s composite board. Only one signee in the Cardinal’s class that year, tight end Kaden Smith, was rated higher than Costello.
For those wondering: Yes, Stanford plays Washington in 2020, with the Huskies hosting the Cardinal Nov. 7.