The shock of quarterback West Lunt's intent to transfer from Oklahoma State is subsiding, both inside and outside the program.
Still, the question of where he'll land next remains, although some clues are starting to surface.
A source close to the player told The Oklahoman on Monday that Lunt's list of potential landing spots centers on three schools: Illinois, Louisville and Vanderbilt.
An ESPN report Monday included Southern Miss and Tennessee on a list of five, along with the previously mentioned three programs.
Familiarity is a common denominator with all five schools.
Lunt, from Rochester, Ill., grew up just 88 miles from the Illinois campus in Champaign, and was recruited by current coach and former Cowboys assistant Tim Beckman. Lunt was also recruited and offered scholarships by the coaches at the other potential destinations: Vanderbilt's James Franklin, Louisville's Charlie Strong and Tennessee's Butch Jones, the latter when he was at Cincinnati.
And, of course, first-year Southern Miss coach Todd Monken, also an Illinois native, is responsible for recruiting Lunt to OSU.
While it's easy to connect the dots between Lunt and Monken, an actual reuniting of the two may be complicated. Monken and Cowboys coach Mike Gundy, and their wives, are close enough to have vacationed together in the past.
If Lunt wanted to attend Southern Miss, those close to Monken say that it would require Gundy's “complete blessing” to make it happen.
OSU revealed Lunt's decision to transfer last week. The Cowboys starter as a true freshman at the start of the 2012 season, he threw for 1,108 yards, six touchdowns and seven interceptions during an injury-plagued first year.
Lunt competed with Clint Chelf and J.W. Walsh for the quarterback job in the spring.