With the transfer announcement of former Oklahoma State Cowboys quarterback Wes Lunt a few weeks back, speculation immediately began to bubble to the surface, speculation that has continued to evolve. As it stands, Lunt has been prohibited from transferring to SEC schools — many of which could have been a solid fit at first glance — and signals show that he may be considering a return home to play for Tim Beckman and the Illinois Fighting Illini after sitting out a year due to standard NCAA transfer rules.
Lunt also has the Louisville Cardinals in his list of two schools to consider and according to reports will be making a campus visit there later in the week to meet with Charlie Strong, members of the Louisville coaching staff and players. While Illinois and Louisville could both be solid fits for the talented signal caller, there’s another program that could be a longshot now given recent developments: the Notre Dame Fighting Irish.
With the unexpected departure of starting quarterback Everett Golson due to undefined academic issues which will cause him to miss the Fall 2013 semester — and, accordingly the 2014 season — the quarterback situation at Notre Dame is once again uncertain. The prohibitive favorite to take over for Golson in the short-term is Tommy Rees who by far has the most in-game experience of the remaining Irish quarterbacks who also include senior Andrew Hendrix and true freshman Malik Zaire, neither of whom have shown enough to be a consistent fill-in for Golson.
Given this, after sitting out his season, Lunt would nominally be involved only in a competition with Zaire given that the Irish do not have a quarterback committed in the 2014 class. Obviously, this could change with Golson’s departure, but as of now the opportunity presented to Wes Lunt if he chose Notre Dame could be bright and one in which he could potentially reach the potential which we all see flash in moments of brilliance during Oklahoma State’s 2012 campaign.
Ultimately, Notre Dame may be on the outside-looking-in, but as we all know, things can change in an instant.
It will come down to what Wes Lunt is seeking: a return home, a chance to watch a Heisman Trophy contender like Teddy Bridgewater close by and then take over for him, or the possible opportunity to stand behind center on one of college football’s legendary programs.
Only he knows for sure.