POSTED: 1:30 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2011
LAST UPDATED: 3:00 a.m. HST, Jun 15, 2011
Tate Forcier, one of the top "free-agent" quarterbacks in college football, has contacted the University of Hawaii football team.
According to people familiar with the situation, UH received a three-page letter from Forcier, including a copy of his scholarship release from Michigan, where he played the past two seasons.
UH head coach Greg McMackin and offensive coordinator Nick Rolovich declined to comment on the situation.
Forcier did not answer calls to his cell phone.
Forcier was one of the nation's top high school prospects in 2009. According to his website, he received 35 football scholarship offers. He narrowed his choices to Michigan, Florida, Penn State, Oregon, Arizona State and Washington State.
Forcier signed with Michigan, where his older brother initially attended, and was the primary starting quarterback as a freshman in 2009. But he ceded that job to Denard Robinson last season.
Earlier this year, Michigan officials announced that Forcier was no longer with the football program. He finished his Wolverines career with 2,647 passing yards, 17 touchdowns and 10 interceptions in 20 games.
In February, he announced he would sign an aid agreement with Miami. But he never enrolled there, and recently told media outlets he was seeking to transfer to a school near his family's home in San Diego.
If Forcier transfers to an FBS school, he must sit out this coming season. He then would be eligible to play during the 2012 and 2013 seasons.
Earlier this year, Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels — the Mountain West's freshman of the year in 2009 — explored the possibility of transferring to UH. But the Warriors decided not to pursue Carta-Samuels, who will play for Vanderbilt.
McMackin said he is content with his current quarterback situation. Bryant Moniz, who led the nation in passing yards and touchdowns throws in 2010, and Shane Austin are entering their senior seasons.
David Graves, Cayman Shutter, Corey Nielsen and Kevin Spain are the other returning quarterbacks. Jeremy Higgins has transferred from Utah State, and received medical clearance Tuesday to participate in the Warriors' offseason program. Higgins must sit out this season in accordance with NCAA transfer rules.
On Tuesday, the Warriors released their 2011 roster.
"I think this is probably the fastest and smartest team we've had — which are two really important ingredients to have in a successful team," said McMackin, who is entering his fourth year as head coach. "We're getting close to where we want to be."