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REPORT: Former USC quarterback Jack Sears visits Northwestern seeking grad transfer

The quarterback competition may be getting even juicier.

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Former USC quarterback and four-star prospect Jack Sears is visiting Northwestern this week, according to a 247Sports article released Monday.

The article states that Sears is on campus for Monday and Tuesday as Northwestern undergoes its second week of spring practice. The 6-foot-3 QB out of San Clemente, California originally enrolled at USC in its 2017 class of prospects, but has since announced his intent to transfer after seeing action in just one game as a Trojan back in 2018. He redshirted in his true freshman season in Los Angeles.

His 247Sports profile shows that Mick McCall and the Wildcats originally recruited Sears coming out of high school and gave him an offer. At the beginning of the 2019 season, he announced his intent to transfer from the Trojans, and up until January, it appeared as if the he was set to further his career at San Diego State. However, Sears ultimately backed off that commitment to the Aztecs and decided not to enroll early.

As a grad transfer, the quarterback would be able to play immediately in 2020, and also would have another year of eligibility in 2021. Northwestern has no shortage of quarterbacks on its roster for next season, but coaches have said the starting spot is wide open after a dismal year of production under center last season.

The competition would really start to heat up if Sears decides to go forth with this visit and pursue his final two years of eligibility with new offensive coordinator Mike Bajakian and the Wildcats.