Texas Longhorns co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin made his way out to Arizona on Monday to visit with Arizona Western CC quarterback Tanner McEvoy, the former South Carolina quarterback whose stock is rising after winning conference player of the year honors.
McEvoy shared his thoughts on the visit ($) with Orangebloods:
It was good. We were basically just getting to know each other. He didn't officially say I have a scholarship offer but he kind of talked like I did. We talked about things like trying to see if I can get there, graduate by December and enroll, get there in January, things like that.
So no scholarship offer for Texas, as the staff will apparently do a little bit more due diligence on McEvoy and perhaps even a little more assessing of the quarterback situation before deciding whether to go ahead with it.
Even after an offer, there are some things the 'Horns want McEvoy to do before making a decision:
He said I need to go visit before I decide, he wants to meet my parents and things like that. They want to go over some things like the academic side of things.
Since McEvoy went the JUCO route as a result of a college transfer, there should be fewer concerns about his grades than a high school non-qualifier.
So the 6-5, 215-pounder spoke about how the visit went, but what did he think about Harsin?
I was impressed. He's a great coach. When he was at Boise, he was really successful. He's still a young guy, very energetic, which is the kind of guy I'd like to play for. He was very truthful about their quarterback position and the competition. I'm all for that.
There was some speculation from Hookem.com that McEvoy would commit on the spot if offered. The New Jersey product denied that would be the case.
McEvoy may not be the only JUCO quarterback Texas is evaluating, either:
The only other two four-star quarterback prospects in the junior college ranks are Iowa Western CC's Jake Waters, who is set to visit Kansas State next weekend, and Tyler Ferguson, who plays for College of the Sequoias. Both are considered pro-style prospects.
Another name out there is former Sulphur Springs star Tyrik Rollison, who has taken a winding journey from Auburn to Sam Houston State to Tyler Junior College, where he has had a monster sophomore season. However, it's hard to see Texas taking a risk on a player who has made so many moves since graduating in the 2009 class.
In any case, stay tuned.