Forcier to UM is big for Canes

Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier is officially a Hurricane now and so lets take a look at what it means for Miami.

The University of Miami announced Wednesday afternoon that Tate Forcier is now, officially, a Miami Hurricane after transferred from Michigan.

It didn't take Forcier long to win the starting job at Michigan in 2009 and was the team's starter his entire true freshman season. He finished the season with 2,050 yards, 13 touchdowns, and 10 picks. He added 240 yards and three scores on the ground. Michigan went 5-7 in 2009, while having the 82nd-ranked defense.

2010 was a different story. Spread QB phenom Denard Robinson, who was offered a spot by Miami to play cornerback coming out of high school, won the starting QB job and ended up putting up Heisman Trophy-candidate numbers for the Wolverines. Forcier was limited to a backup role and threw for 84 passes on the season.

With a redshirt season still available, Forcier decided to transfer from Michigan. He considered a few other schools before signing with the Hurricanes on Wednesday.

At 6-foot-1 and 190 pounds, Forcier lacks ideal size for a pro-style offense and he doesn't have a cannon arm. He is, however, a student of the game and brings lots of athleticism to the position. He can make big things happen with his feet and will provide more competition for returning quarterbacks Jacory Harris and Stephen Morris.

Due to NCAA transfer rules, Forcier will have to sit out the 2011 season and he'll likely be the team's scout team quarterback. After Harris graduates following the 2011 season, Forcier will enter the spring of 2012 as Morris' top competitor. The Hurricanes will also likely sign a top quarterback prospect in the 2012 class who will be available in the spring of 2012 to compete with Morris and Forcier.

Forcier isn't quite as big as Morris and doesn't have that arm strength, but he's just as athletic, and probably moreso, and has more experience at the college level. Forcier had 16 total touchdowns as a true freshman, compared to just 10 picks; Morris had eight touchdowns and nine picks.

The two are very similar, in terms of upside, and will provide good competition for one another in 2012 and beyond.

Since Miami was unable to sign a quarterback in this year's recruiting class, getting a starting BCS-caliber quarterback to transfer in was very important.

Before college, Forcier became the starting quarterback at Scripps Ranch HS in San Diego as a sophomore in 2006. During that season he threw for 1,637 yards and 16 touchdowns and added 527 yards and six scores on the ground. As a junior there he threw for 2,387 yards, 21 touchdowns, and just five picks. On the ground he added 773 yards and six scores.

Following that strong junior season Forcier started getting recruited nationally. Rated as a three-star prospect (No. 15 QB, nationally) by Scout.com, Forcier collected offers from schools like Penn State, Oregon, and Arizona State before making his commitment to Michigan. His only other official visit was to Penn State.

As a senior in high school Forcier threw for 3,424 yards, 23 touchdowns, and 15 picks, while also running for 783 yards and 12 scores.

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