According to multiple reports, the Texas Longhorns will visit 2013 quarterback Tanner McEvoy of Arizona Western Community College. Offensive coordinator Bryan Harsin will make the trek to Arizona to see McEvoy. Gerry Hamilton from Hookem was the first to break the news ($).
There had been rumblings that the coaching staff was dissatisfied with the quarterback depth chart, and were exploring options to bring in another QB recruit in the 2013 class, along with current commit Tyrone Swoopes. It now appears that Texas has zeroed in on McEvoy.
A dual-threat quarterback prospect coming out of high school, McEvoy redshirted his freshman year with the South Carolina Gamecocks before transferring in the off-season. His transfer may have been partially induced due to legal entanglements.
[Ed. Note: Per JC Shurbutt of 247 Sports, McEvoy's legal issues were not part of his rationale for transferring.]
McEvoy played last year at Arizona Western Community College, throwing for 1,900+ yards and 25 touchdowns. He's ranked as the top JUCO dual-threat quarterback prospect in the nation by 247 Sports, and 30th amongst all JUCO prospects.
Said to have high upside, his measureables are certainly impressive: 6' 6", 200 pounds. Considered a raw passer coming out of high school, having played wide receiver earlier in his career, McEvoy has apparently improved his passing enough to garner significant college interest. As a prospect, his ability to create with his feet is likely his most appealing asset. Per Burnt Orange Nation's Wescott Eberts:
First impression on Tanner McEvoy is that he would be upgrade over David Ash as runner, could increase ZR, QB draw usage.— Wescott Eberts (@SBN_Wescott) December 3, 2012
Additionally, McEvoy reportedly will be eligible to enroll in January, allowing him to participate in spring practice. Should Texas offer and receive a commitment from him, McEvoy will have three years of eligibility remaining starting next fall.