K.J. Costello, the top remaining grad transfer on the market, is set to visit Washington football. What are the Huskies’ chances of landing him? Would he start in 2020?
It’s no secret that Washington football’s new head coach Jimmy Lake wants to add another body to the quarterback room since Jacob Eason decided to declare early for the NFL Draft. Right now, the names in the room are redshirt sophomore Jacob Sirmon, redshirt freshman Dylan Morris, and true freshman Ethan Garbers. Between those three guys, they’ve attempted a total of three passes at the collegiate level, and all three were attempted by Sirmon over the 2019 season, with two coming against Eastern Washington, and one against Hawaii.
With that being said, it’s no surprise that Lake has dipped into the transfer market to try and secure the services of a seasoned veteran for the 2020 season, enter former Stanford quarterback K.J. Costello. Costello was the Cardinal starter for the better part of the last three seasons, before injuries and a lack of production slowed down his senior campaign.
But just because Costello has the experience, it doesn’t necessarily mean he’d automatically win the job if he did decide to transfer to Washington. Sirmon is a very talented quarterback who dropped jaws with the throws he was able to make in practice. Dylan Morris was the offensive scout team MVP in 2019, and Garbers accounted for 71 touchdowns during his senior year of high school, while leading Corona Del Mar to an undefeated record and a state championship in California.
Lake would be making the right call by bringing in Costello, but the wrong one by guaranteeing him the starting spot, because with only one year of eligibility left, this puts the Huskies right back in the same spot next season. Now, if Costello comes in and wins the job, that’s great, it means he’s the best man for the job, but there will always be that risk of the unknown at the most important position after he leaves.
Mike Vorel of the Seattle Times first reported that Costello would be making a visit to UW on Tuesday, and only time will tell to see if Costello decides to choose Washington. Rumors are swirling that he’ll be choosing between Washington and Mississippi State.