Graduate transfers are becoming more and more prevalent in college football, and Texas A&M became the most recent school to join the trend after adding Trevor Knight to its ranks Monday.
Knight confirmed the decision to transfer via his Twitter account:
Trevor Knight @trevor_knight9
Boomer Sooner, and Gig'em Aggies! https://t.co/A4jCHo7xGD2016-1-4 23:16:00
George Schroeder of USA Today was first to report the transfer.
Since he has fulfilled his undergraduate academic requirements at Oklahoma, he'll be available for Texas A&M immediately after the transfer is official.
Knight helped lead the Sooners to their last bowl victory, a 45-31 upset of the third-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide. However, the emergence of Baker Mayfield pushed Knight down the depth chart.
As a result, the Sooners announced on Dec. 11 they allowed Knight a full release from his scholarship so he could pursue other options. In a press release provided by Mike Houck, Oklahoma's assistant athletic director for strategic communications, Knight explained his choice to leave Norman, Oklahoma:
My decision to reach out and communicate with other potential programs is something I feel I must do in order to see if there is a perfect fit for my senior season. I can promise you that no one is more proud to be a Sooner than I am, and in no way shape or form will this take away from my excitement and commitment heading into the championship season. I am truly touched by the support from both Coach (Bob) Stoops and Coach (Lincoln) Riley, as well as all of Sooner Nation during this time.
Knight is a godsend for the Aggies, who have lost not one but two quarterbacks following the end of the regular season. Kyle Allen was the first to go earlier in the month, and Kyler Murray followed suit roughly a week later.
Jake Hubenak, who attempted 27 passes in 2015, was the No. 3 QB and most experienced option for head coach Kevin Sumlin following Allen's and Murray's departures. And given the abrupt nature of their transfers, Sumlin didn't target QB as a need on the recruiting trail, so Texas A&M won't have an instant-impact freshman arriving in College Station for next year.
However, Knight will alleviate many of those problems. His numbers—3,424 passing yards, 25 touchdowns and 19 interceptions in 24 games—aren't otherworldly, but he's a much more proven commodity than anyone else on the Texas A&M roster.
Bleacher Report's Barrett Sallee called Knight the "perfect solution" for the Aggies:
Nothing against Hubenak. He might be able to take advantage of this opportunity and run with it. But he completed just 12 of his 27 passes this year for only 92 yards. Even if he blows up in the bowl game, that's not enough of a sample size to label him as "the future."
Knight has big-game experience in major college football, has succeed on one of the game's biggest stages and is familiar with what Sumlin would ask of him. As (247Sports' Taylor Hamm) noted, he was once committed to Texas A&M prior to Sumlin's first season in the SEC.
Sumlin proved to be an adept quarterback whisperer during his time at Houston and has continued that trend at Texas A&M. He likely won't be able to transform Knight into a Heisman Trophy contender, but he should help him cut out the costly turnovers that blighted his Oklahoma career.
A consistent quarterback could be the difference between contention and mediocrity for the Aggies in 2016. In that respect, Knight will be a key cog for the team next year.