Virginia quarterback Corwin Cutler, or Turtle, revealed today on Twitter that he will be transferring.
It's been nice at UVA I had a great time I love all my friends and teammates but it's time to move on— Corwin Turtle Cutler (@itsturtledawg) May 14, 2015
Cutler, who took a redshirt this past season, was listed as third in the post-spring depth chart, behind Matt Johns and Greyson Lambert, both of whom are juniors, and ahead of sophomore Andrew Mackay and redshirt freshman Joe Spaziani.
Originally recruited in 2013, Cutler went to Fork Union Military Academy for a year after high school to meet NCAA eligibility requirements. Coming out of high school, he was rated four stars by ESPN and three stars by Rivals, 24/7 and Scout. He was originally recruited by Chip West and Steve Fairchild.
At least at the time of publication, he didn't go into details as to why he's leaving, whether it's for playing time, a lack of faith in the program or the coaching staff, or any personal reasons for leaving the University. He did provide this:
@MacMakela just a lot man i just gotta get out bro that's all man— Corwin Turtle Cutler (@itsturtledawg) May 14, 2015
Where's he headed? Without any further details, he told former UVA wide receiver Kevin Royal via Twitter that he'd be headed to a junior college.
@itsturtledawg good luck bro. Where you headed?— TheseBrosAintRoyal (@Royal_Flush82) May 14, 2015
@Royal_Flush82 thanks broo and JUCO Broo— Corwin Turtle Cutler (@itsturtledawg) May 14, 2015
This comes as a little bit of a surprise, given that, as, in two years, the position would likely have been his for the taking after Johns and Lambert left Virginia. There's the argument that players these days don't want to wait for playing time, but that doesn't explain his willingness to take a redshirt this year. Royal, though, didn't beat around the bush.
@wahoowaexpress guys don't wanna wait around. London still being there isn't helping either.— TheseBrosAintRoyal (@Royal_Flush82) May 14, 2015
Possibly filling the tremendous gap left behind at the QB position in two years is three-star recruit Nick Johns, who joins Virginia in the fall. The Hoos have also received a big commitment from 2016 quarterback Sonny Abramson, who is rated four stars by 24/7 and three stars by Rivals.