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Former Wyoming QB Austyn Carta-Samuels Transfers to Vanderbilt

The six month saga of ex Wyoming Cowboy QB Austyn Carta-Samuels appears to have finally drawn to a close.  In January Carta-Samuels announced that was leaving Wyoming to enroll in a junior college in California and work with a quarterback coach while he pursued transfer options to other Division 1 schools. 

It appears that Carta-Samuels has finally decided that Vanderbilt will be his next school.  Last week this picture was posted on his person Facebook page and shows him wearing a Commodore hat and holding a football.  In an article out today from the Honolulu Star-Advertiser about Tate Forcier, it also mentions that Carta-Samuels is heading to Vanderbilt.

Earlier this year, Wyoming quarterback Austyn Carta-Samuels — the Mountain West's freshman of the year in 2009 — explored the possibility of transferring to UH. But the Warriors decided not to pursue Carta-Samuels, who will play for Vanderbilt.

Due to transfer rules Carta-Samuels must sit out the 2011-12 season and then will have two years of eligibility remaining.   I contacted Larry Leather who is the media contact for Vanderbilt football and he was not yet aware of Carta-Samuels transferring to Vanderbilt and said that he wouldn't be able to comment until the student was officially enrolled.

5:38 pm MST UPDATE:  Robert Gagliardi who writes for the Laramie Boomerang and Wyoming Eagle Tribune contacted Carta Samuels and says that he has not chosen a school yet.

Gagliardi writes:

Though text messages sent Wednesday, Carta-Samuels told me he visited Vanderbilt last weekend, and the Southeastern Conference school is one of his three finalists. He wouldn’t tell me his other two, but hopes to decide in a couple of weeks.

“I simply went on a visit and took a picture there.  I have not decided yet that is where my next home will be,” he said.

From the looks of it Vanderbilt can use all the help they can get at quarterback.  The Commodores have put together back to back 2-10 seasons after a 7-6 season in 2008.  ESPN did position rankings for the SEC and the Commodores came in last at #12 for quarterbacks.  

12. Vanderbilt: Larry Smith, now a senior, has received much of the blame the past couple of years for Vanderbilt’s offensive woes, and that’s not completely fair. Granted, he’s had his struggles, but he hasn’t had much help, either, when it comes to guys around him making plays in the passing game. It also remains to be seen how healthy Jordan Rodgers’ shoulder is after coming off surgery, and the Commodores signed three freshman quarterbacks. Lafonte Thourogood was initially committed to Virginia Tech before switching to Vanderbilt. 

After Smith graduates this will create a QB battle in 2012 which is a good situation for anyone transferring in now that needs to miss a year.  Dual threat quarterbacks like Carta-Samuels are exactly what the Commodores want in their system.

Wyoming is down to just two scholarship quarterbacks after the loss of Carta-Samuels in January and more recently Emory Miller Jr. who left school last week due to personal reasons.  True freshman Brett Smith and Adam Pittser will battle for the starting job when camp opens up in August.  Smith is currently ranked ahead of Pittser on the depth chart since he enrolled early and participated in spring drills.

(HT: Patrick S. Johnson)