Former California quarterback Zach Kline, who had indicated he would enroll at Oregon St. and be in fall camp for the Beavers, has announced a change in plans.
Kline attended a spring practice session earlier this month at Oregon St., but upon seeing the log-jam behind senior starting quarterback Sean Mannion, has decided to redirect to Butte College, a JC in Oroville, CA, which won the California JC Championship and shared the national JC title last fall.
Really excited to play at Butte College next fall and work to bring the team to another national championship! #BCpride @ButteFootball— zachary kline (@zachklineQB) April 26, 2014
The news that sophomore transfer Luke Del Rio would be eligible this fall, rather than having to wait out a year, could have been a contributing factor. Del Rio appears to have caught the fancy of head coach Mike Riley, and being Mannion's primary backup could provide a leg up in the competition to take over for Mannion in 2015.
Kline would have been involved with a competition that also includes sophomore Brent VanderVeen and redshirt freshmen Kyle Kempt, who has had a good spring practice, as well as incoming freshmen Marcus McMaryion and Nick Mitchell, who will both arrive for fall camp.
Kline, who had Oregon St. as one of his final choices as a recruit before signing with California as the #2 rated pro-style prospect in 2012, could still come to Corvallis in 2015, and the stop-off in Oroville will provide him playing experience that's going to be hard to come by excluding some significant injury issues at Oregon St. this fall. AS such, it might be the best available option for all concerned.