Recruiting is about relationships. When a player announces his intent to transfer, one of the first things to check is who was recruiting him in high school. That list typically contains the answer to a player's new destination.
Paul Jesperson, who left Virginia, fits that pattern. The 2011 Gatorade Player of the Year in Wisconsin was recruited early by Northern Iowa, and may have ended up there if high major offers from schools like Virginia and Notre Dame hadn't come in. Now, two years later, he's reconsidered that decision and is enrolling at Northern Iowa.
Jesperson has great size for a guard (6-6) which is what made him such an intriguing prospect - and a top 100 player according to ESPN. Tony Bennett's plan was to redshirt Jesperson, but he was unable to due to a combination of transfers and injuries which left UVA short handed. He sat out the first 11 games of his freshman season before being pressed into action.
That experience allowed him to become a...