Turns out that the Hurricanes will net a new QB this year after all: former Michigan starter Tate Forcier. He's announced his decision to transfer to Coral Gables today. Forcier was a four-star recruit coming out of high school, but thanks to injuries and other complications failed to deliver for the Wolverines. So it's not exactly a superstar signing, but it gives the 'Canes some much-needed depth in the QB position, and Forcier hopes to be much more successful at this UM than that other one.
"Miami had the best opportunity," Forcier told ESPN. "There is so much positive energy around this program, and I really want to be a part of it. I love these coaches and feel like they are the right guys for me. I had a great visit and I really want to be a part of the rebirth at Miami."
Forcier was rated as one of the five best dual-threat quarterbacks in the 2008 class, and signed with Michigan to became only the third true freshman QB to start a season-opener in the school's history. He started 4-0, but thanks to shoulder injuries and other maladies led the team to a disappointing 5-7 record. In 2010, Forcier lost the starting job but did show promise when he played and set a school record for pass efficiency.
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So, perhaps Forcier was a prime example of a promising player hampered by injuries and an inept coaching staff. Then again, Miami already has one of those on their squad. Though Forcier won't be eligible to play until after Jacory Harris graduates.
Forcier will sit out the 2011 season due to transfer rules, but will be available in 2012 with two years of eligibility left. With AJ Highsmith playing defense next season, and Harris's eligibility gone after 2011 the 'Canes would have had Stephen Morris as the only QB with experience come 2012. The addition of Forcier gives the team some breathing room and a much needed safety net.