Beavs close to landing their 2015 QB already?

A YEAR AGO, quarterback Luke Del Rio declined scholarships from Oregon State, Oklahoma State and others to walk on at Alabama. Del Rio announced Wednesday on Twitter he's leaving ‘Bama and an ESPN report says he is strongly considering transferring to Oregon State.

NCAA transfer rules dictate Luke Del Rio would need to sit out a season -- so if he were to come to Oregon State he would be eligible in 2015 to play for the Beavs.

Del Rio redshirted this past season, and would have 3-to-play-3 starting with the 2015 season.

Transfers however can be complicated and drawn out – the first thing that needs to get squared away is obtaining a release from the current school, regardless of the fact Del Rio was a walk on. Neither ESPN nor any of the other reports on Del Rio's pending transfer indicated that has happened.

Del Rio was considered the third-string quarterback this past season behind A.J. McCarron and Blake Sims.

"I had an incredible year at Bama, it's sad to say that it will be my last," he wrote on Twitter. "I'm excited for the next chapter of my life and what it will bring."

Del Rio was a three-star quarterback out of Valor Christian High in Highlands Ranch, Colo. In the 2013 class. He was at one time verbally committed to Oklahoma State and ultimately turned down scholarship offers from Oregon State, Oklahoma State and others to walk on at Alabama. Del Rio's bio on the Alabama site says UCLA also offered.

His father is Jack Del Rio, a former NFL linebacker, head coach and current defensive coordinator of the Denver Broncos.

Fox Sports in an article implies Del Rio's departure from Alabama and the arrival of new offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin were related.