Sciarra to Also Transfer?

Not only did quarterback Matt Moore announce yesterday that he'll transfer from UCLA, good sources have indicated that backup sophomore quarterback John Sciarra could also transfer, leaving UCLA with only one scholarship quarterback on its roster....

With Matt Moore, the sophomore quarterback, announcing his transfer, UCLA's quarterback depth is alarmingly thin.

And apparently it's about to get thinner.

John Sciarra, the redshirt sophomore third-string quarterback, is close to transferring, according to good sources.

It's believed Sciarra would go to a I-AA school so he wouldn't have to sit out a year and would be immediately eligible.

Moore has been disgruntled with the program since last season when former head coach Bob Toledo went back on a promise to redshirt Moore last year, according to sources.

This season Moore openly talked about considering transferring. After being injured in the first game, Moore believed he wasn't given back the starting position quick enough once he recovered. After he was reinstated as the starter, UCLA lost two significant games to Stanford and Washington State, in which Moore didn't play well. Drew Olson then started the last two losses of the season, and Moore never saw time in those two games.

The Los Angeles Times is reporting that, during the USC game November 22nd, Moore overheard a conversation on the sideline headphones that helped convince him to transfer. In the fourth quarter of the game, Moore overheard offensive coordinator Steve Axman ask head coach Karl Dorrell if he wanted Moore to warm up. Dorrell responded, "No, Olson needs the experience for the future."

While Sciarra was considered merely a backup level quarterback at UCLA, if he does indeed transfer it puts UCLA's quarterback situation in an unprecedented bind. If he transfers before the Silicon Valley Bowl, UCLA will have only one scholarship quarterback on its roster for that game in Drew Olson, the other being walkon Brian Callahan.

It will be the same next season unless UCLA brings in a quarterback prospect in the fall. As of right now, UCLA is heavily pursuing Matt Tuiasosopo, Erik Ainge and Rocky Hinds, but all three appear to be leaning elsewhere. Ainge is enamored of Tennessee, while also has yet to take official visits to his hometown Oregon and Oregon State. Hinds recently said that USC has an edge for him. Information on Tuiasosopo's preference is tough to come by, but some close to the situation believe he'll ultimately choose Washington over UCLA and USC.

UCLA is also involved with other quarterbacks that they have yet to offer scholarships. Bush Hamdan a 6-1 prospect from Arlington, Virginia, will take an official visit to UCLA January 16th. UCLA is thought to be among the leaders for Hamdan. UCLA could also potentially get re-involved with Brian Hildebrand from Corona. Hildebrand, who grew up a UCLA fan, verbally committed to Oregon State about a month ago after not getting an offer from UCLA. While solid prospects, its questionable whether Hamdan, Hildebrand and others UCLA could possibly offer at this late date would be of the caliber that could come into UCLA and contribute significantly early.


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