The future of the Miami Hurricane's quarterback position seems to be with Stephen Morris, but Al Golden and his staff are apparently interested in landing former Rutgers quarterback Tom Savage. He was rated by one recruiting service at the 8th best QB in the 2009 class, and the 'Canes tried to woo the Pennsylvania-native at the time. Instead he ended up at Rutgers where he put in a promising freshman season, but was hampered by bad play and injuries this year. Now he wants out, and the 'Canes are once again interested. The only problem is that Rutgers has taken the unusual step of banning him from talking to Miami.
The Miami Herald reports that once Savage's intention to transfer became clear, someone in the Miami organization called his high school coach "and said they really like Tom and he would fit well in their offense and they are really interested," father Tom Savage Sr. told the paper. "Tom is interested. He has always loved Miami."
But yesterday Rutgers informed Savage he was barred from talking to any other Big East teams, as well as FSU, UF, Michigan and Miami. The Miami ban is odd considering the Knights do not have the Hurricanes on their schedule in the foreseeable future.
Savage plans to contest the decision and may still be granted permission to talk to Al Golden and his staff.
Forbidding transfers from talking to in-conference or in-state schools isn't unusual. Perhaps this is a bit of Karmic pay-back for the tight restrictions Miami placed on its own former QB, Robert Marve, when he sought a transfer. The team barred Marve from not only going to the ACC, but also to any other Florida school and any SEC team. Though, Miami eventually softened its stance and would have allowed Marve to transfer to most SEC schools or USF and UCF. He eventually ended up at Purdue.
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Savage put in a solid year of play his freshman year, but injuries and ineffectiveness plighted him this season, and he lost the starting job. Though, he's got great size for a QB and still shows promise.
Savage couldn't play for any team until the 2012 season, and if he did come to Miami, it's unlikely he'd be guaranteed the starting spot. His final two years of eligibility would be concurrent with those of Stephen Morris.