In a telephone interview Tuesday evening, Chandra Schaeffer said her son was interested in and that a transfer release request had been sent to Clemson, Texas A&M, North Carolina, Maryland, South Florida, Miami of Ohio and Central Florida. Release papers for Schaeffer have also reportedly been sent to Miami (Fla.) and Pittsburgh.
Schaeffer is taking an official visit to Clemson Wednesday and he will officially visit Texas A&M, Chandra Schaeffer said.
The Nashville City Paper reported Tuesday morning that Tennessee has released Schaeffer to Wisconsin, allowing him to transfer to UW if he wishes. He may not, however, transfer to UCF. Last month, when UT announced that Schaeffer would transfer, coach Phillip Fulmer stipulated that Schaeffer could not transfer to another Southeastern Conference school or any school that the Volunteers will play by 2008, which is Schaeffer's final year of eligibility.
Asked if her son had been in contact with Wisconsin, however, Chandra Schaeffer said, "not that I know of." Brent Schaeffer was not available for comment.
Last fall, Schaeffer, a prep All-American at Deerfield Beach High School in Deerfield Beach, Fla., became the first true freshman quarterback to start a season opener for an SEC team in nearly 60 years. He started the first three games of the season and split time with classmate Eric Ainge before breaking his collarbone in the eighth game of the year. All told he completed 18 of 37 passes for 302 yards, two touchdowns and an interception. He also rushed for 66 yards and one touchdown on 33 attempts.
But Schaeffer was suspended indefinitely from the UT football team a day after being charged with misdemeanor assault for his role in an April 10 campus dorm fight. Schaeffer was arraigned last month in Knox County General Sessions Court; a court hearing is scheduled for June 9.
On April 22, UT issued a press release stating that Schaeffer and Fulmer had reached a mutual decision that Schaeffer should transfer.
But the winds around Knoxville had already been blowing in that direction. According to the Chattanooga Times Press, Fulmer was upset with Schaeffer's absences from both classes and team meetings. Schaeffer was also suspended from the SEC championship game for a curfew violation—though his injury also would have precluded him from playing.
An athletic 6-foot-3, 190-pound lefty signal caller, Schaeffer had been tried out at wide receiver and punt returner in Tennessee's spring practices, options that reportedly did not sit well with him.
As a transfer candidate, Schaeffer can take five official visits, including his Wednesday trip to Clemson. Chandra Schaeffer said the recruiting process has been easier the second time around because the family "kind of knows what to expect."
"It's been fine so far. He's being recruited all over again," she said with a laugh. "I didn't think we were going to have to go through this any time soon."