Although college football players don't get paid, there is still a big pile of cash on the line for those suffering under amateur status.
For many, it’s a deferred payment scheme—play well now, get drafted later and watch the money flow in.
It’s why so many players—especially those at skill positions where starting spots are limited—transfer schools during their college careers. It’s a growing trend that reflects two interwoven pillars of today’s game: coverage saturation and perceived financial potential.
In other words, if a guy really is as good as his hype—think star ratings, recruiting battles, overwhelming media attention—then why isn’t he in a starting role, auditioning for his place in the pros?
The position where this is most visible is at quarterback. Now, more players are switching schools and repositioning themselves to where they can cash in on the star power they garnered as high school recruits.
Here’s a look around the country at the young quarterbacks who may move next. The list ranges from highly touted guys stuck in a backup role to players who have already moved down in an effort to move back up.
Though all the situations are unique, they share one common denominator: In the blink of an eye, an injury or dip in performance changes everything.