When you’re a talented quarterback but the guy in front of you is the first freshman to win the Heisman Trophy, transferring to another school is probably your best option. That’s exactly what Texas A&M quarterback Jameill Showers plans to do following Johnny Manziel‘s historic (redshirt) freshman season in 2012. Manziel will obviously be the Aggies’ quarterback for at least one more year and likely the next two, so Showers will get his chance to show he can play at another university in 2013. But the question on everyone’s mind now is which school is Showers’ best transfer option?
Showers is technically a sophomore, so even though he’ll graduate this summer, he still has two years of eligibility left to play college football as long as he’s enrolled at a university. Early reports have four schools as his primary transfer options and these teams will be lucky to have Showers, who played mop-up duty in several of the Aggies’ games in 2012 and his combined numbers from the season would make a fantastic stat line for a single game: 27 of 44 for 319 yards, two touchdowns and one interception. That’s a 61.4 completion percentage and a 132.7 passer rating.
If I’m the coach at Arizona State, Baylor, California or Texas Tech–Showers’ top four transfer options–I’m thrilled to have this athletic young passer coming to my team. Baylor will be looking for its third starting quarterback in as many years and it’s the closest to College Station, so if I had to bet, I’d say that’s where Showers will end up, but that’s just me. Obviously, he’s got four great options from which to choose, so he’s set either way and it’ll be interesting to see if he sets the woods on fire with his new team and proves he’s not just a backup.