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.
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."