UCLA and Texas have joined Oregon in trying to woo Eastern Washington quarterback Vernon Adams.
The potential graduate transfer has twice finished as both Big Sky Offensive Player of the Year and runner-up for the Walter Payton Award, given to the FCS offensive MVP. His former coach at Mission Hills (Calif.) Bishop Alemany, Dean Herrington, told The Oregonian‘s Andrew Greif that he has fielded calls from the Bruins and the Longhorns — but that he still thinks Adams will choose between either going to Oregon and staying at Eastern Washington.
247Sports also reported on Friday that Adams will only decide between the Ducks and the Eagles, and that he still plans to announce on Monday. He is not expected to graduate until after spring camps are over.
UCLA only lost one offensive starter — quarterback Brett Hundley — from a team that went 10-3 and finished in the top 10 of the final Associated Press poll for the first time in 16 years. The competition to become Hundley’s replacement this spring will come down to freshman Josh Rosen, returning backup Jerry Neuheisel, and redshirt sophomore Asiantii Woulard.
Rosen, who enrolled in January, is a five-star prospect who should hold the keys to the long-term future of UCLA’s offense, but Adams could come in and give the team more experience at its most crucial position. The 6-foot, 200-pound quarterback completed 66.1 percent of his passes for 3,483 yards, 35 touchdowns and eight interceptions in 2014.