Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams Jr. has announced that he will leave the powerhouse FCS program and transfer to Oregon to play his senior season this fall.
Adams is on track to earn his undergraduate degree from EWU this summer and will be eligible to play immediately for the Ducks in 2015 as a graduate transfer.
UCLA and Texas also courted Adams. The Huskies, Adams said on Saturday, did not reach out to him.
Adams will be a favorite to replace Heisman Trophy winner Marcus Mariota in Eugene. Oregon has five other quarterbacks on its roster, but very little experience at the position.
Adams announced his decision on Monday via Twitter. “Oregon it is!” he wrote.
Talk about awkward: The Ducks host Eastern Washington to open the 2015 season in Eugene.
The Ducks play UW at Husky Stadium on Oct. 17.
Adams, a two-time runner up for FCS player of the year, threw for 475 yards and seven touchdowns against UW at Husky Stadium last September. The Huskies had to rally for a 59-52 victory.
A 6-foot, 190-pound dual-threat QB, Adams had just two scholarship offers — from EWU and Portland State — coming out of Alemany High School in Mission Hills, Calif. His 110 touchdowns in three seasons as the EWU starter are a Big Sky Conference record.
EWU athletic director Bill Chaves issued a statement Monday on the NCAA’s fifth-year transfer rule.
“We are not sure that this was the actual intent of the legislation when it was approved, but it is the rule currently in place that we and potentially other schools have to adhere to,” Chaves said. “We will continue to work through the process of this transfer based on the rule as it stands now.”
Oregon it is! First off, I want to thank God for this amazing opportunity. I want to thank all of… http://t.co/yMkAHNt1f2
— Vernon Adams Jr. (@vadams_qb) February 9, 2015