ESPN.com college football beat writer Joe Schad reported on Monday that Oklahoma State Cowboys transfer quarterback Wes Lunt has five programs in mind, including Southern Miss. The Golden Eagles hired former Oklahoma State offensive coordinator Todd Monken this off-season.
Lunt’s transfer was the lead topic of This Week In College Football Social Media, which also featured Monken. The USM head coach tweeted the following cryptic message on Friday, less than 24 hours after Lunt’s transfer was announced:
Really, REALLY EXCITED right now!!!
— Coach Todd Monken (@CoachToddMonken) May 10, 2013
Monken denied speaking with Lunt, per Oklahoma State’s Scout.com site. Monken was the chief recruiter of Lunt during the quarterback’s prep days at Rochester (Ill.) High School.
True sophomore-to-be Lunt is considering four other programs, per Schad. USM is the only candidate outside of the Group of Five conferences with preferred access to the new College Football Playoff. Lunt’s other suitors are Vanderbilt, Louisville, Illinois and Tennessee.
Vanderbilt, Illinois and Louisville all recruited Lunt. New Tennessee head coach Butch Jones offered him a spot at Cincinnati.
Lunt must redshirt in 2013, but has three years of eligibility remaining.