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ATLANTA — Jordan Luallen’s days at Georgia Tech have come to an end.
The redshirt freshman quarterback informed head coach Paul Johnson on Thursday morning that he had decided to transfer and leave the Yellow Jackets immediately.
Late Thursday afternoon, while most Georgia Tech students were moving back on campus, he was reportedly cleaning out his dorm room, preparing to leave for Cincinnati, Ohio.
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It will be in southern Ohio where his college career seems destined to continue, as Luallen has filed paperwork for a transfer, and is hopeful to play for Cincinnati under new Bearcats head coach Butch Jones.
“I wish Jordan well, it just wasn’t working out for him,” Johnson said. “I think he was disappointed with where he was on the depth and I fully understand and support him. I know he wants to play, I wish him nothing but the best, he’s a great kid.”
Cincinnati also will be much closer to Luallen’s hometown of Greenwood, Ind.
Luallen’s departure comes on the heels of that of former Georgia Tech quarterback Jaybo Shaw. Following two seasons with the Yellow Jackets that were largely spent backing up starter Joshua Nesbitt, Shaw decided this offseason to leave the team in favor of transferring to Georgia Southern, where former Yellow Jackets assistant Jeff Monken just took over as head coach.
To discredit those who might believe the quarterback transfers are somehow related to Georgia Tech’s tough-yardage, run-based option system, quarterbacks coach Brian Bohannon had a word of caution.
“Well Jaybo wanted to play. Jaybo was looking at two more years and he was behind Josh, and that was the bottom line with him. He went to the same system,” Bohannon said. “He just wanted to play.”
At Georgia Southern, Monken coaches his own interpretation of Johnson’s spread scheme. Jones’ Cincinnati team runs a spread system that calls for more passing than Johnson’s.
During the spring, Luallen entered a stiff backup quarterback battle with junior Tevin Washington and fellow redshirt freshman David Sims. Washington won the outright No. 2 position, but Luallen and Sims stayed in the mix at a virtual tie for third-string. As late as Wednesday, Johnson told reporters he had not seen any distance being placed between the two.
“We talked for a long time. I talked to him (Wednesday) about what he was going to do,” Johnson said. “And he knows. (Players) aren’t dumb. They look around and they see where they fit and what classes they’re in. They can decide pretty well what they’re going to be doing.”
While Luallen prepared to leave the Flats, another quarterback made advances to ensure his arrival there next fall.
Vad Lee, a highly-touted signal-caller from North Carolina, announced at his high school Thursday afternoon that he intended to enroll at Georgia Tech next school year.
Last Saturday, while the Yellow Jackets held their only open scrimmage of the preseason, Lee was in attendance taking in one final crucial experience with coaches and players.
According to his Twitter page, Lee enjoyed the visit, particularly the fans who were in attendance. Near the end of the scrimmage he tweeted: “What an amazing (sight)! GT fans yelling Vad Lee!”
The list of walking wounded and battered and bruised continued to grow Thursday, as the Yellow Jackets wrapped up yet another one of their “physical” practices.
But this time, the news wasn’t as good as it has mostly been.
Johnson said Georgia Tech had lost redshirt freshman receiver Jeremy Moore to a knee injury that likely will force him to miss at least the next four weeks.
“That’s going to be pretty extensive,” Johnson said.
While several other players have been spotted in red jerseys throughout the week — including receiver Tyler Melton, offensive lineman Nick Claytor and safety Cooper Taylor — Moore appears to be the only player who will miss the start of the season, Johnson said.