Tate Forcier, the embattled Michigan quarterback who left the Big Ten school last month, announced Wednesday he has decided to join the Miami Hurricanes.
Forcier was highly recruited coming out of high school and was at one point believed to be then-coach Rich Rodriguez's quarterback of the future. As a freshman in 2009, Forcier started 12 games for the Wolverines, but he lost the starting job in 2010 to the more dynamic Denard Robinson, a freshman. In the little action he saw last season, Forcier was largely ineffective, accounting for four touchdowns and four interceptions. With Forcier being declared academically ineligible for the Gator Bowl, along with coach Rodriguez being fired, all signs pointed to Forcier's days in Ann Arbor being numbered.
Forcier's decision to transfer to Miami is a small coup for new coach Al Golden who did not receive a commitment from any quarterback in the 2011 recruiting class. Forcier will sit out the upcoming year per NCAA rules, and will likely contend for the starting quarterback job in 2012.
Forcier talked with ESPN's Joe Schad, and, citing the positive energy around the progam, said I really want to be a part of the rebirth at Miami.