While there wasn’t a set-in-stone destination spot announced today for former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt, we did learn, per ESPN’s Joe Schad, of a few of the spots that have the former Cowboy’s interest. Last week, Lunt announced his highly-publicized decision to transfer from the school where he was supposed to be the next great signal-calling star for head coach Mike Gundy.
As was mildly rumored from his transfer announcement, two of the schools that have his interest are from the SEC, in Tennessee and Vanderbilt. Two more teams from power conferences are also in play. Reportedly, Lunt is also eyeing possible playing time at either Louisville–who will be a member of the ACC by the time Lunt in eligible to play in 2014–or Illinois in the Big Ten. Each of these schools provide interesting scenarios for the impressive quarterback.
As far as Louisville goes, head coach Charlie Strong may indeed make a strong run at getting Lunt’s services. While we all like to get ahead of ourselves and the 2013 season hasn’t even started yet, many speculate that current Cardinals quarterback Teddy Bridgewater will be on his way to the NFL following this year, should he be able to replicate his outstanding performance from a year ago. Should he have another breakout season, many experts expect Teddy to be a clear-cut number two pick in next April’s draft–right behind that Jadeveon Clowney guy, of course.
Again, everyone should be reminded that due to the NCAA transfer rules in place, Lunt will not be eligible for action until the 2014 campaign, right as Bridgewater is expected to be off to greener pastures. As it stands right now, Strong is scheduled to have a few options to choose from in 2014 with Brett Nelson, Will Gardner, Kyle Bolin, and Reggie Bonnafon all expected to make their bid to start. Throwing one more option in Lunt into that mix at this point can’t hurt. As they say, you can never have too much of a good thing. Not to mention, Lunt’s powerful arm and pocket presence is a strong fit for the Louisville offense and could possibly make the ACC transition easier for the Cards’.
With that being said, a move to the Big Ten conference and time with the Fighting Illini may also be a good fit for everyone involved. A move to Champaign, Ill. would be almost a homecoming of sorts for Lunt. The QB is from Rochester which is a mere 88 miles away from the Illinois campus. Now, Lunt’s decision to transfer from Oklahoma State had nothing to do with any bouts of home sickness, but it would also be an added coup for him to be closer to home given his current open situation.
Illinois really hasn’t had any QB of note since Juice Williams helped lead the Illini to the Rose Bowl. Lunt would step right in in 2014 and have a chance to be one of the best in the Big Ten at that point, especially with the departure of Braxton Miller from Ohio State. From high school, Lunt also has built a rapport with the Illini coaching staff.
We’re still in the beginning stages of this process for Lunt and the schools involved. He has time to make his decision and then plan accordingly from there. It’ll be interesting to watch play out as everyone involved can make their case as to why the signal-caller would best fit their program.
Or, the fifth team mentioned today–the Southern Miss Eagles–could just swoop in and steal the QB right from the big boys.