Matt Davis to transfer from A&M

Updated: August 22, 2013, 5:54 PM ET
By Sam Khan Jr. | ESPN.com

Texas A&M's backup quarterback situation gained some clarity Thursday.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Matt Davis has elected to transfer, the school confirmed on Thursday. Davis, who was one of three candidates battling to back up Heisman Trophy winner Johnny Manziel this fall, will likely head to a junior college.

The 6-foot-2, 206-pound Davis was the No. 107 player in the 2012 ESPN 300 and was the sixth-ranked quarterback in the 2012 class. The four-star prospect enrolled at Texas A&M for the spring 2012 semester and participated in each of the past two spring and fall practice sessions for the Aggies.

"Matt decided it was in his best interest to transfer," Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said in a statement released by the school. "He is a terrific young man who has done a lot for our program in a short period of time. We all wish him the very best."

The news of Davis' transfer was first reported by GigEm247.com.

Davis, a product of Klein Forest High in Houston, competed against junior Matt Joeckel and true freshman Kenny Hill for the backup quarterback job since preseason training camp began Aug. 5. Joeckel and Hill are continuing to battle.

Texas A&M coach Kevin Sumlin said Tuesday that he has not set a date to name a winner because of the fluidity of the situation in relation to Manziel.

Manziel's status is uncertain because of an NCAA investigation into allegations that he profited from signing autographs for brokers. The school has not made a decision on Manziel. The Aggies open their season Aug. 31, hosting Rice at Kyle Field.

Davis said he'll head to Tyler Junior College and could join the squad as soon as this weekend. He'll play with the Apaches this season and said he'll be on campus until May while the recruitment process begins again with FBS schools expected to pursue the dual-threat signal caller.

"It's definitely the hardest decision I had to make in my life," Davis said in a phone interview. "The hardest part about it was leaving my teammates."

Joeckel is the twin brother of former Texas A&M left tackle Luke Joeckel, who was chosen No. 2 overall in the 2013 NFL draft by Jacksonville. Matt Joeckel has thrown 11 passes in his college career, appearing in five games last season. He was the No. 3 quarterback behind Jameill Showers, who has since transferred to UTEP.

Hill, a product of Southlake (Texas) Carroll, was a three-star prospect and ranked as the 21st-best dual-threat quarterback in the country in the 2013 class. He signed with Texas A&M in February over several other offers, including his two other finalists, Baylor and Kansas State. Hill led Southlake Carroll to a Texas Class 5A state championship in 2011.

Davis said he wouldn't change his decision to attend Texas A&M, even if he knew the outcome would be the same.

"I wouldn't change a thing," Davis said. "I'd still come to A&M, I'd still enroll early in the spring [of 2012], I'd still do everything that I did. I built a bond with my [recruiting class], the 'Agg Swagg Movement' guys --  that's unbreakable. ... I love the school, I love the people, I love my coaches, I love my team."

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Texas A&M/SEC reporter

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