The Portland Tribune reported on Wednesday that California quarterback Zach Kline will transfer to Pac-12 North rival Oregon State in the fall of 2014.
BearTerritory has learned a bit more about the situation.
According to a source, there are still i's that have to be dotted and t's that have to be crossed, but Kline has enough credits to be able to finish his Associate's Degree this spring at Diablo Valley College, to which he's already in the process of transferring. Kline will then transfer to Oregon State. He's able to finish his AA this spring in part because he was an early enrollee.
The Beavers were the first program to offer Kline out of high school, and though Penn came on strong late in this process, Kline wants to stay on the West Coast and in the Pac-12.
A source close to Kline stressed that nothing is official, as the transfer paperwork has yet to be signed, and that Kline did not speak with anyone in the Oregon State program until he was cleared to do so.
The only steps in the process that are official, are Kline requesting his release from the staff to speak with other schools, leaving Cal and transferring to a junior college.
The rationale behind going to a junior college first is that it negates the original school's ability to block a transfer to an in-conference team, according to a source familiar with the process.
Kline will have to sit out in 2014, per transfer rules, and he will then have two years to play two.
Kline came to Cal as the No. 4 quarterback in the 2012 class, and was a California Gatorade State Player of the Year as a senior at Danville (Calif.) San Ramon Valley.
After enrolling early at Cal in the spring of 2012, Kline pushed incumbent Zach Maynard for the starting spot, but was unable to beat out the senior when fall camp rolled around. After redshirting, Kline competed with another early enrollee in the spring and fall of 2013 -- Jared Goff -- before the true freshman out of Kentfield (Calif.) Marin Catholic won the starting job 10 days into fall camp.
While Goff went on to set the program's single-season passing record, Kline served in a backup role, playing in six games, in which he completed 43 of 82 passes with four interceptions to three touchdowns. Kline passed for 443 total yards and had a 100.14 passer efficiency rating.
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