According to a report in the Austin American Statesman, Texas Tech Red Raiders walk-on QB Baker Mayfield who started the majority of the season under center for Kliff Kingsbury’s squad, will transfer to the Oklahoma Sooners and plans to enroll in the university in January and join the football program as a walk-on.
Danny Davis, a beat writer for the Statesman, tweeted the following:
While it’s noted in Davis’ tweet that Mayfield will appeal the one-year loss of eligibility restriction, it’s unclear on what grounds he would do so. There could possibly be a loophole in NCAA rules that would allow a player to transfer to another program without losing eligibility if they were not on scholarship at any point, but this is not explicitly clear in what has been published about Mayfield’s decision to this point.
If the reports of Mayfield’s transfer to Oklahoma are indeed true, the move would have wide-ranging implications for both programs involved. Tech is in the middle of a quarterback controversy no matter how you look at it between true freshman Davis Webb who was solid at times and shaky at others in limited action this season, and the incumbent starter who was displaced due to injuries in another Lake Travis grad, Michael Brewer.
Three-star QB Patrick Mahomes will also be injected into the mix at some point in 2014, adding to what now appears to be a three man competition in Lubbock. On the flipside, if Mayfield does indeed enroll at Oklahoma and walk-on, there could presumably be a four-man competition for quarterback for the Sooners between Blake Bell, Trevor Knight, Kendal Thompson and Mayfield with sophomore Cody Thomas on the outside looking in.
It’s hard, on the surface, to understand why Baker Mayfield would transfer to another Big 12 Conference school, especially as a walk-on, unless there was substantial interest from the Sooners in him being on campus. At this point, until we hear otherwise, it’s the only reasonable assumption to make.
Kris Hughes is a Senior Writer, Business Analyst and College Content Coordinator for Rant Sports.