Wes Lunt transferring to Illinois
The story surrounding former Oklahoma State quarterback Wes Lunt has taken many twists and turns over the last month, however that has come to a close in Illinois.
According to the Chicago Tribune and reports around college football, Lunt has chosen the fighting Illini and will join the team starting in 2014.
After competing in spring drills in Stillwater, Oklahoma with the Cowboys, head coach Mike Gundy refused to name a starter moving into summer and, believed to be at the back of the pack, Lunt decided to seek out new opportunities.
Shortly after, the now sophomore quarterback was informed by Gundy that there would be limitations on his transfer that would bar him from many prospective schools in the country. This news drew some controversial debate between the experts of college football, however it did not change the circumstances surrounding Lunt’s transfer.
Lunt, with the exceptions in place, began visiting schools starting with his home state team, Illinois. Many expected the quarterback’s recruitment to be over due to the proximity to home Illinois provided the prospect, however a call from the Louisville Cardinals kept Lunt on the fence.
The prospect then took a visit to Kentucky to meet with Louisville staff and visit the campus. It was speculated that Lunt could be choosing the Cardinals as starter Teddy Bridgewater could be moving to the NFL very soon and this would provide Lunt the opportunity to step in immediately as the starter after sitting out in 2013.
The sidewinding story has reached its conclusion this afternoon as the sophomore announced he would be joining the Illini. According to ESPN, Lunt said in a statement, “I built a great relationship with Coach Beckman and Cubit. I’m going to show up, work hard and try to be successful. This is an ideal situation.”
The former Cowboy will have to sit out the 2013 season due to NCAA transfer rules, but expect Lunt’s name to resurface in 2014 as a possible starting candidate for Illinois.