The exodus at Baylor continues in wake of the university’s sexual assault scandal, and quarterback Jarrett Stidham could be leaving the program next.
Stidham announced his decision to transfer on Thursday. The talented rising sophomore played in 10 games for the Bears last season, racking up 1,265 passing yards and 12 touchdowns, while throwing just two interceptions.
It would be devastating news for Baylor but could end up benefiting an SEC squad.
Stidham was ranked as the nation’s No. 2 dual-threat quarterback coming out of Stephenville (Texas) High School, and was rated as the country’s No. 38 overall player. He held offers from 23 programs, including Texas A&M, Tennessee, Ole Miss, Florida, Auburn, Kentucky and Alabama.
Could one of those teams come back into play?
Texas A&M already landed a former Baylor quarterback commit in 4-star Kellen Mond, but could be looking to add an experienced starter via the transfer route following Trevor Knight’s final year of eligibility in 2016. Stidham chose to stay in state out of high school despite offers from around the country, which could bode well for the Aggies, who implement a similar offense as Baylor.
Auburn could also be an attractive landing spot. The Tigers run a spread offense and have an unsettled quarterback competition in which no player has truly taken the reins. Stidham’s dual-threat ability could be attractive to coach Gus Malzahn.
The rising sophomore hasn’t announced his transfer, but would need to sit out a year if he went the FBS route because of NCAA transfer restrictions.
Should it become official, don’t be surprised if some SEC teams come knocking.