Could Chris Garrett be headed to Mississippi State after all?
It’s a possibility, now that he has been released from his scholarship at LSU. The former Tupelo High School quarterback received the release Wednesday, according to a report Friday by Rivals.com affiliate TigerBait.com.
One of the conditions of Garrett’s release is that he may not transfer to any other SEC school – except MSU.
Garrett originally committed to the Bulldogs in October of his junior year, but he then switched the following spring. He finished high school early and enrolled at LSU in January of 2009.
Tupelo’s all-time leading passer took a redshirt this past year, and he had trouble climbing the depth chart. The Rivals report said he was stuck behind Jordan Jefferson and Jarrett Lee, and incoming freshman Zach Lee was going to push him for the No. 3 spot.
“In my opinion, he didn’t ever seem to settle in and compete,” LSU coach Les Miles told the Rivals site. “Chris has talent. He’s a good kid and a great student.”
Neither Garrett nor his father, David, returned calls to the Daily Journal on Friday seeking comment.
If Garrett were to transfer to MSU, he would have to sit out a year, per NCAA transfer rules. He would then join what could be a four-man battle for the starting quarterback job in 2011.
Right now, junior Chris Relf and redshirt freshman Tyler Russell are fighting it out, and there’s no clear leader. True freshman Dylan Favre has impressed teammates since enrolling in June and could factor in by next year for sure.
There’s also the fact that Garrett’s switching from MSU to LSU rubbed a lot of Bulldog fans the wrong way. Garrett grew up going to MSU games, and his father was once the president of the school’s Lee County Alumni Association.
“He really struggled with the decision,” David Garrett said at the time. “He committed to State when he was 16, but when other opportunities began to open, he realized LSU was the right fit.”
If Garrett wants to play right away – and perhaps have a better shot at starting – he could transfer to a Division I-AA school. Stephen F. Austin, Southeastern Louisiana, Sam Houston State and Northwestern (La.) State are all reportedly interested in Garrett’s services.
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