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Former Mich. QB Tate Forcier transferring to UM

The Miami Hurricanes didn't sign a quarterback as part of their 2011 recruiting class. But they've already got one lined up to start helping them right away in 2012.

Tate Forcier Former Michigan quarterback Tate Forcier signed a financial aid agreement with UM on Wednesday afternoon and will transfer to Coral Gables "as soon as possible" according to his father. 

Forcier will be required to sit out the 2011 season under NCAA transfer rules, but will have two seasons of eligibility remaining as soon as he becomes eligible in 2012.

"He's in the airport now getting ready to fly back to Michigan," his father Mike told The Miami Herald at about 4:30 Wednesday. "He called me and said 'Dad, I'm going to transfer to Miami. It just felt too comfortable. I went ahead and committed. I hope you and mom will respect my decision and support it. And I love you.'"

As a freshman in 2009, he started all 12 games and completed 165-of-281 passes for 2,050 yards and 13 touchdowns and 10 interceptions. He was named to the All-Freshman Big Ten team in 2009, but lost his starting job last season to former Deerfield Beach star Denard Robinson. This past season, Forcier appeared in eight games as a backup and completed 54-of-84 passes for 597 yards with four touchdowns and four interceptions.

The 6-foot-1, 192-pound native of San Diego, Calif. was ruled academically ineligible to play in the Jan. 1 Gator Bowl. Mike Forcier said his son still has a couple online courses to complete before he can begin taking classes at Miami, but he will likely enroll at UM in the summer.

"His grades are fine," Mike Forcier said. "He has to make up some classes and take care of that. But he's already taken care one of the classes that was incomplete, turned in a paper and got an A on it. He has another class he still has to get done. If he falls short, he'll probably have to take a few online classes. But he'll get it done."

Forcier announced last month on Twitter he was leaving Michigan. Mike Forcier said his son was not taking classes at Michigan this semester and was living with his girlfriend in Grand Rapids.

"We want him living as close as he can to school," Mike Forcier said. "One of the problems that happened with the other school was he was living too far away from the school, counting on others for rides, spending his money on taxis. I think we're all on the same page. We want him focused on academics and football."

Forcier was lined up to visit a few other schools in the coming weeks. According to his father, he had 41 offers -- most from Football Bowl Championship programs (formerly Division I-AA). Kansas State, Washington and Arizona were also interested.

"I thought he was going to sit on it for a day, wait to decide. That's what I recommended," Mike Forcier said. "But joining Miami was like buying a Ferrari. You can't wait."

Mike Forcier said his son arrived in Coral Gables Tuesday afternoon, met with coaches and had dinner with offensive coordinator Jedd Fisch and national recruiting coordinator Brennan Carroll, whom the family has a prior relationship with. Mike Forcier said his son then had lunch with senior Jacory Harris on Wednesday afternoon and the two hit it off. He thinks his son will be a perfect fit with the Hurricanes.

Harris and former walk-on Spencer Whipple are both seniors who won't be with the team past 2011. UM's other scholarship quarterback is sophomore Stephen Morris.

"Some of the criticism he got in the past are from people who misunderstand him as cocky," Mike Forcier said. "Really all he has is a lot swagger. I know the players at Miami are all about that. He's just misunderstood. He's confident, he knows he can play. He's played since he was a little baby. This is his dream."

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no its not swagger... its cocky. anyone whos heard him talk or seen him play understands.

His highlights remind me of Robert Marve.

this decision is irritating to me to be honest. im not a fan of his. his attitude isnt conducive to winning or success.

Caness: He is not a commit but is a transfer. Only high school kids are called commits.

Horrible move by Golden!

I like Golden, but that doesn't mean I have to agree with his every move. He let go of a speed demon in JDavis. For What? Another Horrible move!

Anybody that has a problem with it can kick rocks!

A great signing! Watch, folks. This kid is a leader and has ome of that Cane attitude, and will back it up on the field. Welcome, Tate!
Go Canes!

RATHER HAVE HIM THAN NOT AND NEED HIM IN 2012. LOVE WHAT HE DID AT MICH,AND THINK HE COULD SWITCH STYLES AND BE A GREAT FIT FOR US EITHER AS A BACKUP OR STARTER. PEOPLE STOP BEING SO PRISSY AND NEGATIVE.LETS GO COACH G ! "ITS ALL ABOUT THE U".

FOR ALL THAT ARE DOWNIN THE CANES AND THE DECISIONS THE COACHES ARE MAKING...GO GET ANOTHER TEAM !!! LEAVE!!! YA PROBABLY NEVER PLAYED A DOWN OF FOOTBALL IN YOUR LIVES . FSU AND UF HAS PLENTY BANDWAGON ROOM FOR YA ANYWAYS.

SHOUTS OUT TO THE REAL UM FAM AND FANS THAT BLEED ORANGE&GREEN AS I DO : NJCANE-CaneRule33-LakeWorthCane-MAD IBIS-and,Orlando Cane and all those alike. Thanks 4 the positive vibes from RealityCheck,big ups to you bro. As 4 the Gayturd-
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..."go sit on the curb".We beat the "GAYTURDS"so bad back in the day that they stopped playing us and wussed out by taking us off their schedule.So I do understand where ya pain comes from. LMBAO!!!

ONE TIME 4 Tallahasee Cane Fan and NC Cane Since 63.

If you can't support the team and program just leave and be gone.Cry cry cry!There are other schools and programs...Bye!!!!! Ya probably never played a down of football in your lives anyways,take ya negative energy elsewhere.

Im I the only one on here who was impressed by Morris last season? He through a couple of pick yes but he was a TRUE FRESHMAN!!! The kid has that it factor about him and he seems to be able to make all the throws. Why do people act like we dont have a quaterback for the 2011 season?

Hopefully Jacory will seize the job, play well and play throughout the year, in which case Morris can redshirt and have 3 years of eligibility left, starting in '12. Then we'll see how things work out with him and Forcier.

Actually we know Golden can talk at the U. We don't yet know if he can win at a place where 'championships is(are) all that matters (matter)'

WELL HE'S A CANE NOW FOLKS SO LETS JUST EMBRACE HIM AS OUR BELOVED.

@ NCCanefansince 63 I agree with you 100% on your comment. These are not U fans, I think their confused. But I will tell you all this expect a bigger & better "Jacory Harris" this year. I gurantee you that he will bulk up and run alot more and most of all make better decisions with the ball in his hand. Watch what I tell you "Al Golden" is going to shock the world and when he does all of u negative can fans stay off of our band wagon. You negative folks & fans make me sick to my stomach. You bunch of cry babies. I wish ur kid would go to the "U" so we can bash his A## just to show you how it feels.

From the couple of times i saw him play at Michigan on tv he was pretty good to me. We'll see.

Forcier brings depth and experience to the position. Not to mention he's done something neither Harris or Morris have been able to do....Beat NOTRE DAME!

Hi Haters-

Give Golden (and Carroll) lots of credit here---this is a solid pickup. We already have low depth at QB, and after this season, we have next to NO depth. This kid has shown he can perform on the big stage, and although he is a bit undersized, he has plenty of talent. What better place for a kid with swagger to go to school than UM!!!!

Be assured he will push Morris for the starting position in 2012!!!

-PHILLY CANE

From what I saw from Forcier he plays alot like Robert Marve. Forcier and Marve both are good athletes, who can run and throw well. Both also are about the same size at 6-1. So I guess one can say that we replaced one with the other. With Forcier having one more year of eligibility left.

sorry if T.O. joined my nfl team i wouldnt just "embrace" him. that kind of logic is just stupid. if you want your team to do well, you dont just welcome potential cancers with open arms.

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Golden hasn't forgotten how to coach just because he changed schools. He'll win here that much U can count on, chumpchange.

I always go back to his shoulder hurting... yet pumping his arm in the air after a td... followed by holding his shoulder in agony when a teammate tapped him on the shoulder pad. He's a drama queen. Even the guys on gameday pointed this out and laughed about it.

PS - He pouted about being benched for the big ten offensive mvp. Yep, just the type of guy you want on your team.

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