STILLWATER — A couple weeks ago, Richard Lagow felt like it was time to leave Connecticut, the school he had signed with in February.
The quarterback's new landing spot? Oklahoma State.
Lagow confirmed to The Oklahoman on Wednesday night that he has transferred to OSU, giving the Cowboys a surprising quarterback addition just before the 2013 season begins.
“I just never really felt that comfortable there,” Lagow said of his time at UConn. “I wasn't sure if it was the right place for me. But I have the utmost respect for the university and their athletic program, and I think they're gonna have a good year.”
Lagow's transfer, which was first reported by ESPN.com, essentially provides the Cowboys with a late quarterback signee for the 2013 class. He must sit out the 2013 season to satisfy NCAA transfer rules, but can also redshirt the season, giving him four years of eligibility beginning in 2014.
The Plano (Texas) product boasts good size at 6-6 and 220 pounds and solid arm strength. He was rated a three-star prospect by Rivals and also received a scholarship offer from North Texas.
When Lagow decided to leave UConn, his longtime quarterbacks coach, Kevin Murray, largely facilitated the transfer process. And OSU was always near the top of Lagow's list of possible destinations.
The Cowboys had recruited Lagow, although a scholarship offer was never extended. Like most quarterbacks, he likes OSU's style of offense. And Stillwater, of course, is much closer to home than Storrs, Conn.
So when Murray told Lagow OSU had a walk-on spot available, he took it.
“That was pretty much all I needed to hear,” he said.
Lagow was on campus Wednesday, finalizing details at the football offices and taking in a Cowboy practice. He hoped to be officially admitted to the school by Wednesday night and plans to move into his apartment Thursday. He said he could practice as early as Monday.
During the 2013 season, Lagow will learn his second college system in less than a calendar year. UConn was transitioning from a pro-style offense to more of an up-tempo attack under new coordinator T.J. Weist. OSU, of course, runs the Air Raid spread. Lagow also pinpointed footwork as an area he needs to improve.
Lagow said he wasn't promised a scholarship once one became available, but added he's happy have the opportunity to earn one like any other walk-on.
Before finishing a conversation with a reporter, Lagow reiterated that he thanks UConn for the opportunity to join that program and wishes the team well.
But he thinks OSU will be a good fit.
“I like to throw the ball,” Lagow said, “And they do that a lot here, which is awesome. I think I have a strong arm and am pretty accurate. I like to compete.”