University of Alabama reserve quarterback Star Jackson is exploring his options for a transfer and is considering Georgia State, which has one of his former high school coaches on staff, The Tuscaloosa News has learned.
Jackson's future at Alabama has been the subject of speculation since midseason last fall, when true freshman A.J. McCarron earned the No. 2 quarterback position behind starter Greg McElroy.
"Star is still in the process of getting his release from Alabama, but Georgia State is definitely a possibility for him, definitely one of his options," said Jackson's former high school coach, Errick Lowe of Lake Worth (Fla.) High.
— Tuscaloosa News: Jackson exploring transfer options
Based on his high school coach saying that Jackson is in the process of getting his release -- and not merely considering a transfer -- it seems like he has already made the decision to transfer and is now simply looking to finalize his end destination. Hopefully he sticks around for another year -- if nothing else, it makes redshirting Sims much easier (though that should happen anyway) -- but admittedly it's easy to why Star would look elsewhere. It's pretty clear that, barring a massive run of injuries, he will never be the starter at 'Bama, but with that said he clearly has the talent to play at this level. With that in mind, it's hard to fault the kid for wanting to play somewhere and not spend his career holding the clipboard.
The only surprise I have here is Georgia State. Again, Star clearly has the talent, and if I were him I would transfer to another BCS school and sit out a year (I know South Florida, UCF, FIU, and FAU would love to have him). On the other hand, though, I can certainly understand the want for some familiarity with the new coaching staff, and wanting to play immediately. At Georgia State, he'd be guaranteed to be a three-year starter would and he would be familiar with the coaches, so it's understandable in that regard. Either way, best of luck, Star.