Redshirt quarterback Steve Clements, Texas' all-time leading high school passer and one of the country's mostly highly recruited players as a senior at Huntsville High School, intends to transfer from Texas to Brigham Young, a Dallas newspaper reported today.
The Dallas Times Herald reported that Clements, a 6-3, 185-pound freshman, made the decision after meeting Thursday afternoon with Longhorns coach David McWilliams concerning his playing time. Clements' father, Huntsville coach Joe Clements, also attended the meeting.A source told the newspaper that Steve Clements was upset because the preseason depth chart listed him behind junior starter Peter Gardere and sophomore Jimmy Saxton and ahead of only fellow redshirt freshman Chad Lucas, a converted linebacker.
Clements also is not happy with the Longhorns' run-oriented offense, the source said. Clements ran the run-and-shoot in high school and would fit in with BYU's passing offense.
Neither Steve Clements nor his father would comment Thursday night, the newspaper reported. McWilliams was unavailable for comment.
"There's going to be a release coming out of Austin (today), so we're just going to have to wait until that release comes out before I'll talk about it," Joe Clements said. "I'll be glad to talk about it."
The source also said McWilliams reportedly doesn't plan to release Clements from his scholarship. Texas baseball coach Cliff Gustafson would not release Reid Ryan, Nolan Ryan's son, when the younger Ryan wanted to transfer to Texas Christian University.
"I can't talk about the (possibility of McWilliams' blocking the transfer) because that would be confirming it," Joe Clements said.
Steve Clements set a Texas passing record of 8,204 yards at Huntsville, including 3,712 yards and 35 touchdowns as a senior in 1989 while leading the Hornets to the Class 5A state quarterfinals.