Kentucky Quarterback Gunnar Hoak In The Transfer Portal
Gunnar Hoak, who played quarterback for Kentucky the last three seasons, has entered his name in the NCAA Transfer Portal. Hoak is a native of Dublin, Ohio, just outside Columbus. He could also be an almost perfect fit for Ohio State.
Great, great time and even a great name, Gunnar for our QB, hope he comes.
This kid has barely played College Football. Fact is, we put all our eggs in the Fields basket alienating QBs we had recruited, developed and invested in...and I am ok with that given Fields' upside. However, going after Fields the way we did and giving him the job the way we did comes at a price..and that price is if Fields goes down, we are screwed. Getting Gunnar doesn't change that one bit.
Martell wanted to transfer last year. Baldwin was thinking of transferring before Fields even arrived.
The height of confidence is standing up in a hammock.
If what you're saying here is true (and I've no reason to doubt it) then we haven't recruited QBs well (one view) or we've recruited them TOO well (that kind of desire to play is both admirable and can sink a program when "the man" goes down).
If you're choosing between those two, it's the latter.
But this isn't just an OSU problem. Kentucky has had two quarterbacks put their names in the Transfer Portal this offseason, both with OSU ties.
In addition to Hoak, they also lost former OSU commit Danny Clark this offseason. That means they have one quarterback on their roster who has taken a college snap.
That's becoming the new normal at a lot of places.
Right. Sounds good in hindsight... and even more you don't have to provide support or evidence for the assertion. Bringing in Fields and handing him the job ran them off, and I am ok with that. You can save the spin.
It's the closest thing the kids have to free agency - I'm all for it personally. The kid played out his rookie deal and now its off to see where he fits best - whether its to legitimately compete for a starting gig or to add depth and get a free Masters at the school of your choice (or close to it) is a good thing. In addition, he/they might play the what if game - ala Car Dale Jones. If it happens that your number is called and you've been under the tutelage of Day and the new guy - it could pay off at least with an invite as an undrafted free agent to an NFL camp.
We need to recognize something. These days college football players are basically concerned with their own careers. Not a criticism, just an observation. So, no matter how they are recruited, if they come to believe that they will not play a significant role in the program, they want to leave. The "transfer portal" provides that opportunity. The days of school loyalty seem to have faded away.
I'm inclined to agree with you that it's the latter, Tom, but buckle up! College football is in for a wild ride!