USC redshirt sophomore quarterback Jesse Scroggins will transfer according to an announcement made by Lane Kiffin on Monday.
Scroggins was the likely front-runner to be the heir apparent to current USC quarterback Matt Barkley. The former 4-star prospect was rumored to have possibly the strongest arm out of all the quarterbacks on the roster but was often kept off the field due to a thumb injury and academic issues.
Kiffin had recently stated that Scroggins had “fallen behind” and “had some work to do” to be eligible for the 2012 season.
The decision was announced after Kiffin met with Scroggins and his father. “We’re just doing what’s in the best interest of my son,” Scroggins’ father, Jesse Sr., said. “He wanted more control of the situation and this seemed like an opportune time.”
Scroggins will likely transfer to a junior college for a season and later transfer to a FBS school for his final two years of eligibility. “He’ll be a free agent,” Jesse Sr. said.
Coming out of high school Scroggins was ranked as the fifth best pro-style quarterback in the country so colleges will undoubtedly be hot on his recruiting trail.
The transfer clears up the competition for back-up quarterback a little bit. Now that spot will be fought over between Cody Kessler and Max Wittek. Scroggins’ transfer will also put USC back under the 75-scholarship limit that was imposed on them by the NCAA in 2010. This means the Trojan roster is final heading into the fall.