Top 5 Destinations for Oklahoma State Cowboys Transfer Wes Lunt
Potential New Homes for Former Oklahoma State Quarterback Wes Lunt
Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt has announced his desire to transfer from the Cowboys after a freshman season that started with a bang going 11-11 in an 84-0 win over Savannah State, but fizzled after a knee injury one week after throwing for 436 yards and four touchdowns at Arizona. Injuries forced Lunt to miss a total of seven games in his rookie season in Stillwater and the quarterback position will be a two-man battle between J.W. Walsh and Clint Chelf.
Lunt came to Oklahoma State from Rochester, Illinois where he led the Rochester Rockets to an Illinois 4A state title in 2011, with a sterling performance that saw the 6-4, 211-pound quarterback throw for 506 yards and three touchdowns against Richmond-Burton. His prep career resulted in him being named a four-star recruit, according to 247Sports.com and the No. 12 pro-style quarterback prospect in the nation. He claimed 11 offers from colleges who wanted the player that threw 59 touchdown passes in his final two seasons of high school.
With Lunt in need of a new home, a few potential destinations immediately come to mind and make a lot of sense, but time will be of the essence as Lunt will try to enroll before the fall semester and get ingratiated with his new team for summer camp. Lunt will have to sit out this upcoming season per transfer rules, but will have three years left at his disposal as he looks to settle in at his new school.
5. University of Pittsburgh Panthers
Paul Chryst was the primary recruiter for Lunt when he was at Wisconsin, so he is familiar with him and the two have a relationship that could be a reason he ends up at Pitt. The Panthers lose Tino Sunseri to graduation and have major questions at the position this season, but Tom Savage, a transfer from Rutgers, redshirt freshman Chad Voytik and true freshman Tra’von Chapman may prevent Lunt from wanting to enter into the mix. The relationship with Chryst is strong enough though that it’s a possibility.
4. Mississippi State Bulldogs
The Bulldogs have had interest in Steven Bench, another transfer quarterback who is looking for a new home, and will be in need of a quarterback when Tyler Russell exhausts his eligibility after this season. He and the promising, yet inexperienced Dak Prescott would battle for the job and could be a nice fit in Dan Mullen’s offense. Mississippi State didn’t show interest in Lunt out of high school, but circumstances are different now than they were two years ago. This may be a long shot, but it’s something to keep an eye on after they also showed a brief interest in another transfer, Gunner Kiel earlier this spring.
3. University of Louisville Cardinals
Louisville boasts one of the best quarterbacks in the nation in Teddy Bridgewater, but he is expected to declare for the NFL draft and be a high pick after this season. That will leave the Cardinals without a desirable option at quarterback. The Cardinals were among his offers out of high school and Charlie Strong’s staff has proven they can develop quarterbacks for the next level. JUCO transfer Brett Nelson and redshirt freshman Will Gardner are former three-star prospects who have similar builds to Lunt, but perhaps not as much polish or upside.
2. University of Illinois Fighting Illini
Who says you can’t come home again? The Rochester native could come to Illinois, which is approximately a 90-minute drive east from his hometown just outside of Springfield. The Illini signed dual-threat quarterback Aaron Bailey in 2013, but some have wondered aloud if the athletic Bailey may have to make a position switch. Nevertheless, a two-man competition between Bailey and Lunt wouldn’t steer Lunt away.
1. University of Southern Mississippi Golden Eagles
Todd Monken is the former offensive coordinator at Oklahoma State that helped bring Lunt to Stillwater and is the head coach at Southern Miss who would love to bring in his former pupil and could hand him the starting gig when he becomes eligible in 2014. My only question about this is if Lunt wants to compete in a major conference, but the lure of being reunited with Monken is too tempting to dismiss.