ESPN’s Joe Schad, among other media outlets, report that Auburn QB Tyrik Rollison, a 5-star recruit from the 2009 class, is transferring to Sam Houston State.
Rollison tipped fans off earlier today with the following post on his Facebook page:
Rollison, a native of Sulphur Springs, Texas, was ranked as the top dual-threat quarterback in the nation by recruiting service Rivals. He was the national leader in total offense with 5,822 yards and led his high school to state championship.
Many considered Rollison the third-string quarterback for the 2009 campaign though he never saw on-the-field action. Gene Chizik suspended Rollison in January for the Outback Bowl, but Rollinson had since worked his way back to the team.
Schad later quoted Rollison’s father via Twitter, who said "Tyrik considered Texas Tech and that suspension was for academics."
He was one of five quarterbacks set to compete for the Tigers' starting job. Last year's starter, Chris Todd, was a senior who led Auburn to an 8-5 season and a win in the Outback Bowl. When Auburn signed junior college transfer (and former Florida quarterback) Cameron Newton before the spring semester, many wondered if Rollison's wait would be longer than expected. Newton, senior Neil Caudle, sophomore Barrett Trotter, and redshirt freshman Clint Moseley are now expected to compete for the quarterback spot. Also on the roster is former starting QB Kodi Burns, who is not expected to compete for time at the position.
Auburn heads into the 2010 season with one of the nation's top recruiting classes and Cameron Newton is considered by multiple recruiting services to be a key component of that class. He is already enrolled at the university and figures to be a strong candidate to emerge with the job.