On Thursday, George found his new school: Michigan.
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— Jeff George Jr (@jgeorgeqb) June 13, 2018
He is immediately eligible to play.
“I look forward to a new chapter in my life and what the future has in store for me,” George said. “The University of Illinois will always be a special place for me.”
The 6-foot-3, 205-pound pro-style quarterback threw for 1,743 yards, 11 touchdowns and 15 interceptions in two seasons at Illinois. Against Michigan in 2016, he completed 4 of 15 passes for 95 yards, 1 touchdown and 1 interception.
“Yeah, he was impressive getting his first action,” Michigan coach Jim Harbaugh said after the game. “Thought … looking at him through the face mask, I saw a lot of his dad. There’s no doubt that that’s Jeff George Jr., you know. No denying that it’s his son. I thought that he acquitted himself very well today.”
Harbaugh and George’s father, Jeff George Sr., played against each other in the NFL on multiple occasions. George Sr. was the No. 1 overall pick in the 1990 NFL Draft by the Indianapolis Colts. He threw for 27,602 career yards, 154 touchdowns and 113 interceptions in the NFL.
There is no doubt George is coming to Michigan, but the question is: Why?
Illinois moved on from George, so he decided to transfer. A walk-on situation in Ann Arbor makes sense, rather than using a scholarship to have him compete against Shea Patterson, Brandon Peters, Dylan McCaffrey and Joe Milton, all of whom are in the mix for time at quarterback this season.
At Indianapolis (Ind.) Warren Central as a member of the 2014 class, George was a 2-star prospect. Illinois was his only offer.
Essentially, without much to go on when looking for a success story, it seems as if George is looking to get a graduate degree from Michigan while serving as a walk-on. He is probably not a guaranteed scholarship player, at least not at first.