The news is getting worse for the Baylor Bears … much worse.
Even though they’ve lost a ton of 2016 recruits in recent days and weeks, releasing them from their National Letters of Intent, now one of the most prominent players on the team is seeking a transfer.
David Ubben tweeted this on Wednesday evening:
Nothing final on Jarrett Stidham transferring from Baylor. Coach Jim Grobe is aware, actively trying to persuade him to stay, per sources.
— David Ubben (@davidubben) July 7, 2016
The former 4-star QB has been silent on the issue recently, other than this one tweet from over a week ago, which implied he was going to stick it through in Waco.
Finding the good in a bad situation can be hard at times, but you just gotta trust in His plan..
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) June 29, 2016
But, Bears fans will and should note Stidham’s announcement back in May as the sexual assault fallout was happening in Waco.
Can’t wait to get back on that grind tomorrow with my brothers. This year is going to be different than the rest in many ways, but either way we will make a statement to everyone. Excited for the opportunity God has presented this team with to overcome adversity and become even closer as a family. Stick with us Baylor nation, we got this. Colossians 4:2-3 #BacktoBUsiness
A photo posted by Jarrett Stidham (@jarrett_stidham3) on
Have the plethora of quality recruits bolting changed Stidham’s mind?
UPDATE: Stidham made the announcement late on Thursday:
— Jarrett Stidham (@Jarrett_Stidham) July 7, 2016
WOW, what a a massive blow to the Bears, by far their biggest to date, as he’s expected to be the heir to current QB Seth Russell.
Stidham played in 10 games as a true freshman, completing 68 percent of his passes, along with 12 touchdowns against just 2 interceptions in 109 total attempts. Stidham was considered the No. 7 quarterback recruit in the country in the 2015 recruiting class.
While I understand his concern, I hate to see this happen. Stidham is nervous about his future. If Baylor can’t get any decent recruits, who is going to be blocking for him in the future? Who will he be throwing to or handing off to? If Baylor falls apart, it could hurt his future and his draft stock could collapse when it’s his time to reach the NFL. Yes, we are a ways away from having ‘Jarrett Stidham’ and ‘NFL’ in the same sentence, but as one of the top recruits in the country in 2015, it’s understandable why it’s on his mind.
Since Stidham is likely to back up Russell anyway in 2016, he could transfer, sit out, and be ready to play elsewhere in 2017. Selfishly, as a Big 12 football fan, I had hoped he would stay. I don’t want to see Baylor fall apart. Let’s see what the University does with their coaching situation. Can they recruit a decent class for 2017 and rebuild? Maybe, maybe not.
This was not the case of an athlete ‘not getting his way’ and bailing on his teammates. This was a young man seeing the writing on the wall and being concerned for his future prospects.
The flip side, former Penn State Christian Hackeberg had a brutal final couple seasons behind a very leaky offensive line and he was still a 2nd round draft pick. So, go figure!
Did Jarrett Stidham make the right move? Leave your thoughts in the comments!
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