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While there are a number of intriguing transfer players this spring, not all of the 25 players to watch are going to be available. Some must wait to graduate and a few haven't chosen their next school.
The list, though, includes pretty intriguing options. Here are those 11 players.
Kendal Thompson, Quarterback (Oklahoma to Utah) - Thompson will graduate this spring and then transfer for his final two seasons of eligibility to Utah. He won't step in and be given the starting role, as Travis Wilson was cleared to play football again after a scary pre-existing condition was found following a concussion test. This will be an interesting battle to watch, given the Utes finished ninth in the Pac-12 in passing last season.
Max Wittek, Quarterback (USC to ?) - Wittek has already visited Texas and reportedly visited Hawai'i as well, according to Stephen Tsai of the Star Advertiser. He will have two years of eligibility after graduating this spring in just two-and-a-half years, and that makes him a hot commodity for schools looking for a long-term answer at quarterback. Wittek threw for 600 yards, three touchdowns and six interceptions in his two-year career at Southern Cal.
Jacob Coker, Quarterback (Florida State to Alabama) - The backup to Jameis Winston saw the writing on the wall about his future at FSU and decided to take his final two years of eligibility to the university he always loved. The Mobile, Ala., native will graduate from FSU and go to Alabama to compete for the starting job this fall in a crowded field. If he wins, he'll be the starting quarterback of the school he grew up rooting for.
Cody Riggs, Cornerback (Florida to Notre Dame) - Riggs' transfer from Florida was thought to be about the Gators' refusal to move him back to corner, but he insists it's about the educational opportunity that grad school at Notre Dame offers. Either way, ND will get a veteran SEC-level starter in its defensive backfield this fall.
DJ Pettway, Defensive Lineman (Alabama to Alabama) - In a rare situation, Pettway will be returning to the school that kicked him out. Pettway was party to a pair of assaults and robberies for which three other players were kicked out of school. After a season at Eastern Mississippi Community College, the university allowed him back. He'll be back this fall and head coach Nick Saban looks forward to having him making plays again.
Michael Brewer, Quarterback (Texas Tech to Virginia Tech) - Brewer will be graduating in the spring, and continuing a pattern we've seen already, will have two years left to play. When Brewer arrives on the Va. Tech campus he'll join a wide-open quarterback battle, as Logan Thomas completed his senior season last year.
Pete Thomas, Quarterback (NC State to ?) - With Jacoby Brissett waiting in the wings, Thomas knew he had to go. He started six games last fall for first-year head coach Dave Doeren, but his stats weren't enough to prove he would be able to keep Brissett off the field in 2014. Thomas' destination for a final season of eligibility is unknown at this point.
Houston Bates (Illinois to ?) - The Covington, La., native will graduate this May and head back home so his family can see him play. Whether that means a place such as Tulane, LSU or Louisiana is yet to be determined. However, whoever gets him is going to get a productive player. He finished 2013 with 40 tackles, 12 tackles for loss and 3.5 sacks last season.