- Max Olson, ESPN Staff Writer
Texas is back in the market for a junior college quarterback.
A source close to the program confirmed to HornsNation that Texas has begun recruiting Arizona Western College quarterback Tanner McEvoy.
The redshirt freshman began his career at South Carolina but elected to transfer in August before ever playing in a game.
Whether Texas plans to offer McEvoy remains to be seen, but UT co-offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin is expected to visit the juco prospect in Yuma, Ariz., on Monday.
The 6-foot-6, 215-pound passer threw for 2,188 yards and 28 touchdowns and rushed for 465 yards and six scores at Arizona Western. He led the 8-2 Matadors to their first bowl game victory in 30 years with a 42-37 win over Nassau in the NJCAA El Toro Bowl on Saturday. McEvoy threw for 245 and three scores in the victory.
McEvoy was a three-star athlete prospect from Hillside, N.J., in the class of 2011. He sat out his first season in Columbia, S.C., and would have three years to play three seasons.
He left South Carolina two weeks after being arrested in North Carolina. McEvoy, 19, was charged with speeding and driving after consuming alcohol while under the age of 21.
The state of North Carolina doesn’t allow a minor to drive with any alcohol in his system. School policy required coach Steve Spurrier to suspend McEvoy for the arrest, though he refused to suspend McEvoy for any games.
“You want him suspended for having a beer and he’s underage?” Spurrier told The Post and Courier. “How many football players would be playing if they had a beer and they were underage?”
McEvoy continued to practice with the team, but opted to leave because he was No. 4 on the depth chart.
Texas’ pursuit of McEvoy certainly raises some eyebrows. The Longhorns bring back junior David Ash, senior Case McCoy and redshirt freshmen Connor Brewer and Jalen Overstreet next season and have a verbal commitment from ESPN 150 athlete Tyrone Swoopes.
When asked last Monday if 11-game starter Ash was Texas’ starting quarterback for 2013, coach Mack Brown was noncommittal.
“I see David being a good player in the future,” Brown said.
Texas has been down this road before. In January, Harsin briefly flirted with pursuing junior college transfer Bo Wallace before opting to back off and not offer. Wallace went on to sign and start at Ole Miss.