LAS VEGAS - NOVEMBER 13: Quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels #5 of the Wyoming Cowboys looks to pass during a game against the UNLV Rebels at Sam Boyd Stadium November 13 2010 in Las Vegas Nevada. UNLV won 42-16. (Photo by Ethan Miller/Getty Images)
It is nearly five months since the news first broke that Wyoming QB Austyn Cara-Samuels was leaving Wyoming midway through his sophomore year. There was never a clear explanation given on why he decided to leave the program. Since that time there has been little news about where Carta-Samuels would end up next.
The only information that was given is that he would enroll at junior college in California where he would workout with a QB coach and former Oregon/Ole Miss QB Jeremiah Masoli. Radio silence has occurred since then regarding which school he would eventually transfer. He could attend a FCS school and be eligible right away or choose another FBS school where he would sitout a year due to NCAA rules. Transferring to a Mountain West school would require him to sit out two years.
It turns out that the man Carta-Samuels is working out with Tom Martinez a retired coach who once worked with Tom Brady. An interview with Martinez was posted in the Silicon Valley Mercury News last month while he was working with players preparing for the draft like Masoli and Ricky Stanzi. That article produced the one nugget we've found that gave any hint towards where Carta-Samuels may end up:
This article is dated April 26th and it is now over a month old. There hasn't been announcement of move to Utah happening so this news may be dead already. If he did end up in Salt Lake City it would certainly be a shock to have him end up with a former conference foe. He would be playing in the newly renamed PAC 12 but would he see any playing time?
Martinez has also been working with a number of other quarterbacks not quite as far along in their development: Turner Baty, formerly of Menlo-Atherton, who will play at City College of San Francisco; Travis McHugh from Bellarmine; Connor Preston from Serra of Gardena, who has a chance to start as a freshman at SMU; Austyn Carta-Samuels, the former Bellarmine quarterback who has left Wyoming and may transfer to Utah; and Connor Wood, who is competing for the starting job at Texas.
Jordan Wynn has a chance at being a four year starter for the Utes as he enters his junior year. ACS would sit out 2011/12 per transfer rules then have a shot at the competing with Wynn for the job in 2012. It would be very tough to unseat Wynn if enters 2012 as a three year starter. That means that in 2013 Carta-Samuels would have only one final year to vie for the open spot.
Right now the main competition to follow Wynn would be Griffin Robles who is entering his sophomore year Utah. He originally signed in 2007 before heading on a two year LDS mission. As a prep he was ranked three stars by Rivals and the second best prospect in Utah and 12th best pro style quarterback. For the 2012 recruiting class Utah already has a commitment from Travis Wilson a 6-6 205lb QB from San Clemente, CA.
No matter where he transfers there will be plenty of competition at quarterback. Utah may or may not be his final destination. We will have to see what happens and post any updates we find. One thing we do know is that the one spot he had locked up was the one he didn't want.