Jordan Luallen, a backup quarterback on Georgia Tech’s football team, has decided to transfer.
“Since I got here I wasn’t sure it was the right fit,” Luallen, a redshirt freshman, said. “I could feel in my heart that God was telling me it wasn’t the right place for me.”
Luallen said he and his father told coach Paul Johnson of his decision on Thursday. Luallen said he hasn’t decided where he’s going to go. Because classes start on Monday, he had to make a decision soon. He said his transfer paperwork is complete and he has had a discussion with Cincinnati, which is closer to his home of Greenwood, Ind. He said he plans on visiting the Bearcats soon.
“I wish Jordan well,” Johnson said. “It wasn’t working out for him. I think he was disgruntled with where he was on the depth chart. I know he wants to play. I wish him nothing but the best. He’s a good kid.”
Luallen is the second quarterback to leave Georgia Tech this year, following Jaybo Shaw’s exodus earlier to Georgia Southern. Senior Joshua Nesbitt’s back-ups are very inexperienced: only redshirt sophomore Tevin Washington has game experience, completing one pass and rushing six times for 40 yards last season. The others are redshirt freshman David Sims and true freshman Synjyn Days. Tech has two commitments who are quarterbacks in the 2011 signing class: Vad Lee, who announced on Thursday that he is going to sign with Tech in February, and Airyn Willis, who committed in April.
Johnson said he wasn’t concerned with the team’s depth at quarterback for this season.
Luallen seemingly had the pedigree to run the option offense. He was a four-star recruit out of Center Grove High School who was rated the No. 26 quarterback in the nation by Scout.com and a top-10 dual threat by Scout and Rivals. But he was unable to move up the depth chart during the spring or the first weeks of the August camp. Johnson said Luallen would have likely started this season on the scout team for the second consecutive year.
“I’ve got nothing but love and respect for Georgia Tech and my teammates,” Luallen said. “I hope they achieve all the goals they want to.
“I just think that this was best for both of us.”