Wes Lunt will take his quarterback journey to Illinois. According to Zach Kerker of Channel1450.com, Lunt will leave the Cowboys for the Fighting Illini.
BREAKING: Wes Lunt will transfer to the University of Illinois.— Zach Kerker (@ZachKerker) June 17, 2013
Lunt was the starting quarterback for Oklahoma State last season, but he decided to transfer due to poor communication regarding the quarterback situation, according to Joe Schad of ESPN.
He was in a quarterback battle with Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh before he decided to explore other options. He completed 61.8 percent of his passes for 1,108 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions.
Lunt's transfer options were extremely limited. According to Kerker, Oklahoma State head coach Mike Gundy wasn't going to allow him to play for a Big 12, Pac-12 or SEC school. He was also banned from playing for Southern Miss, which is now coached by Todd Monken, the former offensive coordinator for Oklahoma State.
With not many places to turn, Schad reported on May 28 that Lunt was torn between Louisville and Illinois:
Sounds extremely likely Wes Lunt (at Louisville today) chooses Cardinals or Illinois within a week.— Joe Schad (@schadjoe) May 28, 2013
Illinois is the big winner in this latest transfer.
Will Wes Lunt be a successful QB?
The Fighting Illini need all the help they can get. They ranked 122nd last season in offensive production, averaging under 17 points per game. Their 168 passing yards per game was good for 111th in college football.
The team will enter this season with an experienced option in Nathan Scheelhaase, but Lunt will likely be the favorite for the starting job beginning in 2014. Lunt was a highly recruited player coming out of high school. According to 247Sports, he was a 4-star recruit and the 12th best pro-style quarterback of the 2012 recruiting class.